Green Elk Rapids - Experience
Exciting Upcoming Events with Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
October 13: Collect, clean, save seeds from native pollinator species
October 14, 21, 28: Plant seedlings, seed collection
Throughout the spring and summer, the Conservancy’s volunteers have helped cultivate more than 14,000 native wildflowers and grasses in the native plant greenhouse at Mitchell Creek Meadows: The Don and Jerry Oleson Nature Preserve. These young seedlings will play a crucial role in supporting wildlife at the preserve, improving water quality in the Mitchell Creek watershed and adding beauty to our landscape. Click here to watch a video about the ongoing restoration work at the preserve.
As winter approaches, we are working diligently to get these vital plants in the ground—and we need your help!
We have several upcoming opportunities to get involved in restoration work at Mitchell Creek Meadows. You’re invited to join us for our next two Wednesday workdays on October 4 and 11 at the native plant greenhouse, which will focus on planting native perennial species at the preserve. We are then hosting a seed collection event on Friday, October 13, led by volunteer restoration expert Rick Hager, where we will collect, clean and save seeds from native pollinator species found at the property. If weekdays don’t work for you, we are also looking for help on Saturday, October 14, 21 or 28 with planting seedlings and seed collection.
If you’d like to learn more about these opportunities and register to volunteer, please click on the link below.
September Almanac - Hello nature!
Show your support for Elk Rapids Shoreline Protection this Tuesday at 7 pm
Get your Native Landscape on Doug Tallamy's Homegrown National Park Map!
Next Green Elk Rapids Committee Meeting - End of November - TBD
Thanks to all of those who helped bring Doug Tallamy to Elk Rapids!
Now we can put these ideas are put into practice and celebrate the results!
Fall is a great time to plant natives...Doug Tallamy has a list of native keystone plants that support nature in our backyard, here are some plants he recommends:
Goldenrods (Solidago spp.)
Asters (Aster spp.)
Sunflowers (Helianthus spp.)
Ever wonder why the Elk Rapids stretch of US 31 is so clean?
A clean environment makes the world a better place for all, thank you Gary and the other Green Elk Rapids Volunteers for their efforts to make Elk Rapids a great place to live!
Art & Connection - Evening of Celebration and Reflection of our First Year in Art - UPDATE
We wanted to help get the word out for our friends at Art & Connection, an organization that brings so much good into our community. We appreciate you!
Changed to November 9, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Rescheduled from Thursday, September 28, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Homegrown National Park is an idea, a trajectory, into a positive direction that gives each of us the opportunity to have a positive impact. Doug shared his roadmap of how to welcome nature into our yards and communities with small acts of planting key native species and removing invasives. These small acts done by many can create that huge positive trajectory.
Thank you Doug for sharing your uplifting message of knowledge and hope for nature (and ourselves) with our community!
Exciting - Sally Barber's Article about Doug Tallamy
Bringing Doug Tallamy to Elk Rapids could not happen without the generous support of the following Green Elk Rapids partners, to which we give our sincere thanks:
Special Thanks to our Underwriters!
Also Thanks to our supporters:
Beautiful Native Landscaping
Spotlight on Doug Tallamy
2023 Climate Incentives
Coming In 2023: New Ways For Homeowners to Save Money While Fighting Climate Change
Frequently asked questions about energy efficient home improvements and residential clean energy property credits
Hot deals: A consumer’s guide to the new climate law
Thanks to all the Green Elk Rapids Committee Members Who Attended 2023 Kickoff!
MDOT highway pick-up: To be announced
Beach pick-up: To be announced
COMMUNITY INVITATION - Join us!
Green Elk Rapids is a local volunteer organization committed to raising awareness of environmental issues.
We pursue our mission through collaboration with local organizations such as schools, village government, businesses, and community organizations.
Our programs have included films, educational forums, nature hikes, student projects, guest speakers, and special community service activities - Plus the debut of Nature Fest in 2022.
The beginning of Green Elk Rapids
“The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”