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Butterfly hike will lead kids on adventure through Nature Center

Butterfly hike will lead kids on adventure through Nature Center

A special summer nature hike is scheduled for Friday June 27 at 10am, at the Hudsonville Nature Center and will focus on the life of butterflies.  The free hike is led by the City’s Master Naturalist, Craig Elston and is about an hour in length. In addition to the guided hike, Fifth Third Bank will be offering free kids activities at the Nature Center and Michigan Butterflies will be on site as well with a butterfly tent full of live butterflies.  The hike is part of Discover Hudsonville Days, which aims to showcase the best of Hudsonville.

The nature hike starts from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave, East of 32nd Ave and treks through portions of the 74 acre Nature Center.  The Nature Center features a variety of mature forest types, a recreated Michigan Tall-grass Prairie, and a wetland area with flowing streams. 

City Naturalist to lead summer nature hike

City Naturalist to lead summer nature hike

An early summer nature hike is scheduled for Sunday June 24 at 2pm, at the Hudsonville Nature Center.  The free hike is led by City Naturalist, Craig Elston and is about an hour in length.

“There is much to experience as the wildflower show begins to shift from woods to fields and edges,” noted Elston.  “We will look for summer wildflowers and other natural features of interest along the trails.”

The nature hike starts from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave, East of 32nd Ave and treks through portions of the 74 acre Nature Center.  The Nature Center features a variety of mature forest types, a recreated Michigan Tall-grass Prairie, and a wetland area with flowing streams. 

Future nature hikes will take place on July 22, July 27, and August 19 and will cover a different topic during each hike.  Maps are also available at City Hall for self-guided tours.

Community outpouring of support fills rain garden in Sunrise Park

Community outpouring of support fills  rain garden in Sunrise Park

Due to amazing community support, Sunrise Park in Hudsonville is now home to a new community rain garden. Over 40 volunteers showed up Tuesday morning to work side by side with City of Hudsonville Department of Public Works staff.  Together they planted trees, plants, and grasses, created a walking trail around the park, and beautified picnic areas. 

A rain garden is an area that is designed to hold and naturally treat and use rain water.  It is created with plants that have a deep root system that can withstand both drought and soaking.  The base consists of gravel, sand, topsoil and plantings to absorb the rain water.

Volunteers needed for Hudsonville Nature Center weed pull

Volunteers needed for Hudsonville Nature Center weed pull

From the City of Hudsonville Facebook page:

We are having a Garlic Mustard weed pull this Saturday, April 21 at 9am at the Nature Center. The City will provide gloves and garbage bags if you can provide the time.

Anyone wanting to volunteer 2 hours or more to help out the City Parks will receive a free t-shirt after their service is complete. Please see Amy (669-0200) for details and to schedule your 2 hour time slot!

Chamber Recycle Drive

Chamber Recycle Drive

From: http://www.hudsonvillechamber.com/

With our Chamber Members we are hosting a free electronics recycling drop off event to benefit Love INC. The drop off will occur on June 23, 2012 from 9am to 1pm at River City Flooring at 3307 Hudson Trails Drive.

For all the details and a list of accepted donation items, visit the event page: http://business.hudsonvillechamber.com/Events/details/free-electronics-recycling-event

City of Hudsonville Fall Leaf Drop-Off

City of Hudsonville Fall Leaf Drop-Off

From: http://hudsonville.org

This year the usual facility for the City-wide leaf drop off is under construction, so we have contracted with Roark's Lawn and Garden located at 5340 Chicago Drive to collect leaves from City residents.

It is preferred that leaves be loose, not bagged at all. However for ease of transport to the site, leaves may be in paper or plastic bags but you will have empty the bags and take them with you (there is no trash removal available to the City at this site). No large branches or brush will be accepted.

ID's will be checked by City personnel to verify residency. No exceptions will be allowed. This is a service funded by City taxpayer dollars and will only be available to them.

Drop off times and dates are as follows:

Saturday, November 5 from 1pm-6pm
Saturday, November 12 from 1pm-6pm
Saturday, December 3 from 1pm-6pm