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Junior Master Gardener Program

Junior Master Gardener Program

The Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education Center is currently accepting applications for the 2012 Junior Master Gardener Program. This 10-week program will teach students the ins and outs of gardening through hands on activities and firsthand experiences. Students will spend time in the garden planting various crops, learning how to treat garden pests and diseases organically and harvesting the fruits of their labor. Students will also take three field trips to local farms, greenhouses, an apiary and the Michigan State University's Children's Garden.

Applications are available at your child's school office.

Wittenbach/Wege Center seeks committee members

Wittenbach/Wege Center seeks committee members

The Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Center is seeking members for a newly formed stewardship committee.

The twelve member committee will work together with the adjacent Wege Preserve which is managed by Land Conservancy of West Michigan.

The volunteer group will conduct plant and animal inventories to determine which species need to be protected, as well as the evaluation of the location of invasive species.

For information call: 616-987-2565

Wittenbach/Wege nature center

Wittenbach/Wege nature center

(Courtesy of the Lowell Ledger)

Last Saturday, falconer and wildlife rehabilitator, Greg Brooks, from Saranac, hosted a birds of prey program at the Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education Center. Brooks brought with him a bald eagle and great horned owl.
Unfortunately, both birds have injuries preventing them from being released into the wild. The upside of this is that these birds are used for educational programs throughout the area.
Several nature programs are offered at the center in February.
On Saturday, Feb. 11, the center will host a beekeeping workshop from 9 am to 3pm. On Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:30, a program entitled “All About Owls" will feature animal care specialist, Lori Martin, from Blandford Nature Center. Visitors will learn about various owl adaptations that help them to be efficient predators.

Luminary Hike

Luminary Hike

The 12th annual luminary hike was a big success once again this year. The hike which was originally established as a volunteer appreciation event was open to the community.

Families that came to the Wittenbach/Wege Center enjoyed the trail lined with softly glowing luminaries and walk in silence as 250 candles lit the path.

Bird counters wanted for annual count

Bird counters wanted for annual count

Bird counters of all ages and skill levels are needed for the annual Kent County “Christmas” Bird Count.  The count is actually on Saturday, December 31st. 

There are seven “count” areas that cover the eastern metro area, which include the communities of Ada, Cascade, Lowell and surrounding townships.

Field teams, with knowledgeable birders, will depart at 8:00AM from the Wittenback/Wege Agri-science and Environmental Center at 11715 Vergennes Road in Lowell.  The participants will return around Noon for lunch.  At 5:00PM, the groups will gather to tally their findings.

A $5.00 participation fee for those over the age of 18 is requested.  If anyone can’t pay the fee, the Grand Rapids Audubon Club is providing a grant to cover the cost.  For more information call Ranger Steve at 616-696-1753 or click on this link:  http://www.glsga.org/graud/grac_bird_count.h

The Fifth Annual Ghost Stories

The Fifth Annual Ghost Stories

The fifth annual Ghost Stories Event sponsored by LowellArts! in conjunction with Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education Center will take place on Saturday, October 22.

Youth ages 10-18 and adults are encouraged to submit a family-friendly ghost story with 1,400 words or less. Then, on October 22 beginning at 5:30 pm, the public is invited to gather at the Wittenbach/Wege Center for a campfire reading of the stories. You will learn about some of Michigan's nocturnal animals and how their bodies are adapted for night time exploration. If you've never explored the forest at night you definitely want to come to this program.

For more information call or visit the Lowell Arts! at 149 S. Hudson, Lowell (616) 897-8545 or www.lowellartsmi.org

Local Mom Reviews Boulder Ridge Animal Park

Local Mom Reviews Boulder Ridge Animal Park

On MomsLikeMe.com, many local moms were asking what the new Boulder Ridge Animal Park in Alto has to offer.  One local mom headed there this past week and shared her personal experience over at MomsLikeMe.com.  Looking for a way to pass these days of August with the family?  Check out the review so you know what to expect!