July Park of the Month: Draper Twin Lake Park

Draper Twin Lake Park hosts Sandhill Cranes, Eastern Meadowlarks, a variety of sparrows, and lots of cool wildlife. This fall we will be planting native prairie species into the field on the northeast corner of Draper Twin Lake Park. Our goal for the July workdays is to remove autumn olive and other non-native invasive plants in the fields on the east side of the park to improve habitat for wildlife and prepare for our prairie planting (learn more by clicking HERE). Hope to see you there!

  • Where: Draper Twin Lake Park. Meet in the parking lot on the corner of Hadden and Inwood, 1015 Inwood Rd.
  • When:  All workdays are 9 am to noon. In the event of inclement weather, the events will be cancelled.
    • Saturday, July 11
    • Tuesday, July 14
    • Tuesday, July 21
    • Saturday, July 25
    • Tuesday, July 28
  • Who: Anyone! These event is free, with no experience necessary. We’ll train you to do the work. You’ll get to work with our stewardship field crew so that you can learn how to manage invasive plants on your own land!
  • Why: Why not? We will be remove non-native invasive shrubs to help the native plants thrive. Come out to enjoy beautiful areas and hang out with great people!
  • What: Bring water and gloves, and wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. We’ll have extra gloves if you can’t bring your own.

We’ll provide water and light snacks. You will need to sign a release form before we begin working. Families are encouraged to attend! All minors will need permission from a parent or guardian to participate, and minors under 14 will need to have a parent or guardian present. We will have lots of fun, so plan to come and share this opportunity with others! The schedule of upcoming workdays can be found at the Volunteer Calendar.

 

About Ben VanderWeide

I am the Natural Areas Stewardship Manager for Oakland Township Parks and Recreation in southeast Michigan. I have a doctorate in biology (focused on plant ecology) and I am passionate about protecting and managing natural areas.

2 thoughts on “July Park of the Month: Draper Twin Lake Park

  1. I wish I was far enough along in healing to participate in some of these work days. I can’t wait to really get to know this park. I’m particularly interested in the Eastern Meadowlarks which I’ve never seen before! I’m hoping I’ll be able to do a little exploring there by August.

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