Friends' Calendar Events

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    DeVries Nature Conservancy

    Garlic Pull at DeVries Nature Conservancy

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM · 3 rsvps
    Parshallburg to Chesaning

    Paddle the Shiawassee

    Join Friends as we paddle from Parshallburg to Chesaning. Launch time is 10am at Parshallburg. Please RSVP to attend. 

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM
    North Chipman Rd. Owosso MI

    South State Drain Stream Monitoring

    Join Friends as we collect aquatic macroinvertebrates (water bugs) from a drain that runs into the Shiawassee River. 

    We will bring all the equipment needed and you'll learn all you need to know on site! Please RSVP to attend. You will be contacted if the event needs to be rescheduled due to weather. 

    Details of where to park at this location will be emailed to you after signup. 

    For more information on our stream monitoring program click here.

  • Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 02:00 PM
    Shiawassee River - Behind Fenton Community Center

    Fenton Stream Monitoring

    We are excited to collect macroinvertebrates (water bugs) in the Shiawassee River right behind the Fenton Community Center! 

    We will be starting at the footbridge directly behind the Community Center. 

    We will bring all the equipment needed and you'll learn all you need to know on site! Please RSVP to attend. You will be contacted if the event needs to be rescheduled to to weather. 

    For more information on our stream monitoring program click here.

  • Monday, April 29, 2019 at 05:30 PM
    Shiatown Park- East: Meet in parking lot off Bennington Rd.

    Shiatown Park Stream Monitoring

    This event is full, thank you to those who have already signed up.

    If you'd like to volunteer for stream monitoring please join us at another location. 

     

    Join Friends as we collect macroinvertebrates downstream of the dam area at Shiatown Park. We will bring all the equipment needed and you'll learn all you need to know on site! Please RSVP to attend. You will be contacted if the event needs to be rescheduled due to weather. 

    For more information on our stream monitoring program click here.

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Wrought Iron Grill, Owosso Mi

    CLIMATE CHANGE - HOW DOES IT IMPACT MICHIGAN AND THE SHIAWASSEE RIVER?  

     

           

     Join the Friends for their third event in this year's Speaker Series - featuring Kimberly Hall, Climate Change Ecologist, North America Conservation Region, from the Nature Conservancy and Kathryn Burkholder, Community Affairs Manager from Consumers Energy Foundation. The goal of this presentation will be to provide solid information about climate change to attendees to help shape their own opinions and guide their decision-making. In addition, we'll hear about some of the clean energy and efficiency efforts that Consumers is undertaking - including the state laws and other requirements that inform their work.

     

    We will contact you for your meal choice after you have signed up for the event. All three meal options will be $25 (including tip) that will be paid directly to Wrought Iron Grill. You may attend the presentation without the dinner at 7pm. 


    Donations Accepted.

  • Saturday, May 04, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    Shiawassee Family YMCA Camp, Bancroft

    Garlic Mustard Pull

    Join the fun at the Family YMCA Camp in Bancroft as we learn about invasive species along the river and focus on getting rid of the invasive garlic mustard plants!  There is no charge to attend this event AND all attendees will take home a conifer seedling to plant at home, courtesy of the Shiawassee Conservation District!

  • Thursday, May 09, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Wrought Iron Grill

    Garlic Mustard Pestival

    Join DeVries and Friends in a collaborative fundraiser! 

     

    Click here to purchase tickets.

     

     

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Gazebo off LeRoy Road in Fenton's Bush Park

    Wood Debris Removal Training

    Training Session Thursday May 16, 2019, 6 PM

    Headwaters Trails will be hosting a free short course in Woody Debris Management on Thursday May 16, 2019.  The class will be at the Gazebo off LeRoy Road in Fenton's Bush Park, starting at 6:00 pm.  This class is preparation for work on the Shiawassee River the following Saturday and Sunday.  Group leaders will be identified.  Volunteers can choose which group they would like to go with and will learn where each group will meet on Saturday and Sunday.  Headwaters Trails will be serving pizza to all the people who show up for the training session.  This training session is open to all who want to learn to manage woody debris in a manner approved by the MDEQ, including those who do not wish to join us on the river May 18-19.  Members of the Shiawassee River Water Trail Coalition are encouraged to join the class.  A handout on Best Practices will be distributed. 

     

    Topics:    General Safety on the River

                  What to cut and how much.

                  Safe use of chainsaws around others.

                  Use of wedges for cutting logs

                  What to do if you drop your saw in the water.

                  Maintenance of saws used in water.

                  Proper storage of fuel on a boat

                  Recommended boats and propulsion

                  Tools for moving logs

                  Anchoring logs and woody debris

                  Tools for picking up trash

                  Recommended clothing

                  Tools to bring if you have them.

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM · 2 rsvps
    Harmon Patridge to DeVries

    Paddle and Cook Out with DeVries

    Join the Friends of the Shiawassee River and DeVries Nature Conservancy as we enjoy the Shiawassee River! This four hour paddle will launch from Harmon Patridge Park kayak/canoe launch site at 10 am and travel to the DeVries Nature Center, where we will have a fabulous cook out. After the cookout we will continue our paddle to Henderson Park. You will enjoy this beautiful stretch of the river and all you need to bring for the cookout is your appetite.

    This is a free event but registration is required either here or on the DeVries website. 


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