Educational Opportunities

Please come out and join us for one of our events!  Updated information and any last minute changes to these events can be found at this website. Details for each event are found below the table. You’ll need to pre-register for these events at

Winter 2021 Stewardship Education Events

Event Location Date Time
LECTURE: “Wildflowers in MI Garden,” Cheryl English VIRTUAL January 21 6:30 pm
LECTURE: “An Alternative to Boring Midwestern Bluegrass and Fescue Lawns,” Dr. Dan Carter VIRTUAL February 11 6:30 pm
Prescribed Fire Crew Volunteer Training VIRTUAL February 20 9 am to 12:30 pm
Birders at Draper

Wednesday bird walks are a great way to meet other nature-minded people.

LECTURE: “Wildflowers in MI Garden”

Often considered too wild and crazy for the average gardener, wildflowers can thrive and provide years of beauty even in a small urban garden. Don’t limit yourself to the development of “well-behaved” “garden-worthy” cultivars.  Learn how the species themselves can be a successful part of your garden while providing an attractive environment for our local fauna as well.

Cheryl M. English is an Advanced Master Gardener living in Detroit, Michigan. Formally educated as an Art Historian, Cheryl has parlayed her varied training and experience into a career as a professional gardener, artist, writer and garden and art educator. Currently on the Detroit Garden Center Planning Committee, she is also President Emeritus of Master Gardeners of Greater Detroit and wrote for the group’s newsletter The City Seedling. She has also been active with the Editorial Board for the Detroit Garden Center’s Bulletin, volunteered with The Greening of Detroit in various capacities and served as an officer of the Wildflower Association of Michigan.

LECTURE: “An Alternative to Boring Midwest Bluegrass and Fescue Lawns”

Blur the separation between daily life and nature by thinking about your lawn differently, and learn how to create home landscapes that allow your lifestyle and nature to co-mingle. This presentation will introduce how North American grasses, sedges, and wildflowers can be used to create alternative lawns and native gardens that are inspired by natural plant communities in the Midwest. Preparation, planting, and maintenance will be discussed.

Dan Carter is Landowner Services Coordinator for The Prairie Enthusiasts, a conservation non-profit that protects fire dependent ecosystems in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. He is also a research associate and former research fellow with the Milwaukee Public Museum and owner of Dropseed Ecological and Botanical Services. Dan is lead-author of several scholarly articles in botanical and ecological journals and his primary hobby has been gardening with native plants since he was a teenager.


Volunteer Fire Crew Training

If you are interested in volunteering with our prescribed fire crew, join us for this training workshop. We will cover reasons for using prescribed fire, preparations for conducting a fire, necessary tools, roles of each burn crew member, and ignition patterns. New crew members are required to attend; past volunteers are encouraged to attend as a refresher. Snacks provided, but please bring your own lunch. 

New volunteer fire crew members

Fire Crew Volunteers Walter, Alex, Jon, and Dena (L-R)

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