To RIDE SHARE, meet at 5:20 pm in the parking lot in front of Calvin Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens, 1750 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Leaving there at 5:30 pm. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is an hour drive.
Driving directions from Grand Rapids/Hastings:
Travel south on M-37, through Hastings, to Cloverdale Road, approximately nine miles. Look for the Michigan Department of Transportation sign "Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Preserve". (If you have reached the village of Dowling, you have gone one mile too far). Turn right (west) onto Cloverdale Road and travel approximately 2.5 miles (portions of the road are unpaved). The entrance is on the left (south).
The history of Michigan’s prairies and diverse wildlife they support has been fraught with conflict since a vast majority of native grasslands were converted to agriculture. Dedicated experts like our presenter, Dr. Rob Keys, have been researching ways we can care for the land and become the good news for its future. You won’t want to miss his remarkable results, and what they mean for your personal journey of stewardship.
Dr. Keys teaches courses in ecology, advanced field studies, biology, ornithology and education at Cornerstone University. He also oversees student teachers, internships and practicum. In addition, he is also on faculty at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in Northern Michigan.