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Agriculture in Winter

  • January 30, 2020

Patrick Bigelow, Kensington Metropark Farm Center Supervisor The first snows of winter have now blanketed farm fields and pastures of southeast Michigan. With fields gleaming white, what do farmers do until spring? While it is true that winter is a slower season for agriculture, it is far from vacation time for farmers. For farms with livestock, winter is business as usual with animals to feed, stalls and sheds to clean, and bedding to spread. Winter does add the extra challenge…

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Free Fields Trips Provided by Your Metroparks

  • January 30, 2020

Adventure, explore, education and free go perfectly together at your Metroparks. Our Interpretive Services Department provides opportunities for schools to expand their classroom learning through field trips. Classes can come out to a Metropark for various adventures to explore different and unique ways to learn new things and best of all they can do it for free. In 2020, we are proud to again offer Get Out and Learn Scholarships for qualifying schools in southeast Michigan. Scholarships cover the cost…

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Your Metroparks Volunteer Community

  • January 30, 2020

Did you know your Metroparks offer opportunities to volunteer throughout the year? Volunteers support the parks on a wide variety of initiatives from event support and trail maintenance to invasive species removal and seed collection. In 2019, nearly 5,000 volunteers donated over 27,000 of hours of time and talent. Because of dedicated and generous individuals, families, and companies, several large projects were completed. A few project highlights include: 930 volunteers working at six Metroparks for Earth Day Clean-ups. Partnering with…

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Metroparks partners with REI to encourage stewardship and recreation in the outdoors

  • November 22, 2019

Skip the stores on Black Friday and instead #OptOutside BRIGHTON, Mich. — The Huron-Clinton Metroparks is proud to partner with REI Co-Op as a destination to #optoutside on Friday, November 29. Five years ago, REI made a made the decision to close its doors on Black Friday and instead encourage employees, members and the public to spend the day with family and friends outdoors.  The movement has grown over the years, and this year it expands to challenge people to…

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Metroparks Launches Important Initiative for Giving Tuesday Fundraising Campaign

  • November 22, 2019

All funds raised will support the new accessible playground at Kensington Metropark Maple Beach DETROIT, Mich. – Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving, and the Huron-Clinton Metroparks looks to focus their fundraising efforts for the Kensington Metropark Maple Beach Playground. The play area is utilizing universal design standards to be accessible to visitors of all ages and abilities. Metroparks is partnering with Genisys Credit Union, who will match donations made on Giving Tuesday totaling up to $5,000. The Kensington…

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Owls at Your Metroparks: Hoo Do You See

  • November 22, 2019

Kevin Arnold, Southern District Interpretive Services Supervisor As the deep “hoot” of the male Great Horned Owl reverberated through the woods, the crowd caught their first glimpse of the magnificent bird sitting high atop the large Bur Oak. His form, silhouetted against the evening sky, was surprisingly easy to see in the bright cast of moonlight from the full moon. Just then, the higher-pitched call of the female broke the silence; and everyone’s attention was drawn to her, perched just…

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Harvesting Native Seeds

  • November 22, 2019

Leah Harrison, Natural Resources Volunteer Coordinator As everything else winds down for Fall, many plants are hard at work producing seeds to grow the next generation. During this time, the Metroparks Natural Resources Department, along with the help of volunteers, begin to harvest seed from native plants for use in degraded areas. To restore these degraded areas and expand healthy ecosystems in the Metroparks, native Michigan species and their seeds are essential. In the absence of natives, invasive plants create…

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Metroparks Offer Scholarship Opportunities for Local Schools

  • October 24, 2019

Get Out and Learn program supports schools with hands-on field trips to local Metroparks  The Huron-Clinton Metroparks is now accepting scholarship applications from local schools for its Get Out and Learn program to support field trips that must be completed by Dec. 31, 2019. The program gives teachers and students the opportunity to participate in engaging, nature-connected field trips to a local Metropark of their choosing. “The Metroparks are devoted to helping students and kids learn with fun, interactive educational…

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Ford Motor Company Grant and Volunteers Build New Outdoor Amphitheater at Kensington Metropark

  • October 24, 2019

If you have visited Kensington Metropark Nature Center recently you might have noticed a new outside addition on the northeast side. The Metroparks received a grant from Ford Motor Company Fund for $7,500 to create an outdoor amphitheater at the nature center. With the help of 18 volunteers from Ford, and 108 volunteer hours later, the Kensington Metropark Nature Center now has an accessible outdoor education amphitheater. The amphitheater will be used by the Nature Center Interpreters as an outdoor…

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Fall Harvest

  • October 24, 2019

Jason Smith, Wolcott Mill Metropark, Supervising Interpreter Farm and Historic Center The days are getting noticeable shorter, the average temperatures are dropping by the week, and the leaves on the trees are fewer and fewer with each passing day. Many of us are winding down from our summer adventures and preparing ourselves for the upcoming winter ahead, but farmers throughout Michigan are hard at work harvesting and storing the crops they have worked so hard to grow throughout the season.…

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