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The Huron-Clinton Metroparks has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is held on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving every year. It’s a great way to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to help improve their local communities and to give back in impactful ways.

When you contribute to the Metroparks Foundation you help preserve natural resources, extend interpretive educational opportunities, and provide clean, safe parks for southeastern Michigan residents. So join us online on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 for #GivingTuesday – and make a gift to help Metroparks staff continue to serve your community.

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Get Out and Play!

The Metroparks has an ever-growing variety of year-round, outdoor recreational activities and we are recognized for our extensive paved hike/bike trails. More than 55 miles of paved hike/bike trails course through the Metroparks and some of these trails connect with many more miles of trails outside the Metroparks.

Park patrons also visit the Metroparks for fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, biking, mountain biking, disc golf, tennis, basketball, cross country skiing, snow shoeing… the recreational activities are never-ending!

What can you do to help?  Your gift will help support the continued maintenance and upkeep of all our excellent recreational facilities, such as infill for trails or purchasing new equipment like safety vests and paddles, racquets, snowshoes, or cross-country skis, and will keep the Metroparks as one of the best places in southeast Michigan to Get out and Play.

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Save the Oak Trees!

Praised throughout the ages as an emblem of strength and survival, the mighty oak is now in serious danger. Why are Oak trees dying? Oak wilt is lethal to many oak species, and can be transmitted two ways- through spores entering a susceptible oak’s open wounds, and if not monitored and managed, the disease will spread through root systems, causing death of nearby oak trees. The disease can kill trees in a matter of weeks.

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks encompass about 25,000 acres across five counties in southeast Michigan, containing some of the largest and most diverse greenspaces in our area.  Oak trees are an important part of our environmental make up and we want to continue our work to protect them. The goal of the Metroparks Natural Resources Department is to protect and restore significant elements of natural diversity while balancing ecological stewardship with compatible recreational uses.

What can you do to help save the Oak trees?  Your gift will support the management of Oak wilt by purchasing herbicide.  Helping to save thousands of healthy, mature Oak trees throughout the Metroparks, the Metroparks Natural Resources team is taking a proactive approach in saving the oak trees by having forestry crews monitor and when needed, apply herbicide.

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School Fun – Get Out and Learn: Bringing children to nature

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are committed to improving the environmental and natural science literacy of all students by providing extensive educational programs at each of our Interpretive Centers. Access and transportation to a safe, high-quality outdoor educational experience can be a major obstacle for many students and schools in southeast Michigan.

School Fun: Get Out and Learn is a field trip program bringing students from underserved areas to experience an exciting educational program in one of our ‘natural classrooms’ at a Metroparks Interpretive Center. All programs support the Michigan Science Standards curriculum in content, methodology, and technology use.  A wide variety of environmental and cultural history programs support Common Core curriculum, STEM, and Michigan Science Standards. Participating teachers will choose the program of their choice for a fun-filled educational experience for the students. A transportation voucher for standard school bussing will also be provided, as well as lunch.

What can you do to help?  Your gift will fund field trips for students at qualified schools, receiving 50% or greater in free or reduced lunches. Every dollar helps bring a deserving student to the Metroparks to learn, observe and explore nature firsthand.

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