Thriving parks and a sustainable urban forest that actively supports our community’s economic, environmental, and cultural health.
park stewardship | nature education | park activation and events | urban forest
To empower people to cultivate vibrant parks, trees, and green spaces in the Grand Rapids community.
led 40+ volunteer projects
through 11 events
hosted 1,011 volunteers
collected 2,496 volunteer hours
2019 stats | volunteers & parks
planted 756 trees
welcomed 4 new neighborhood foresters
hosted 10 neighborhood forester classes
engaged 114 GRPS
youth in tree planting
2019 stats | Urban Forest Project
movies in the park
Mayor's Greening Initiative
2019 Key Events
kids to parks Day
BBQ & BEAUTIFY
Fostering Intentional and inclusive conversation around community stewardship.
Connecting with people and establishing authentic relationships.
Pursuing and promoting the health and benefits of trees, parks, and public spaces.
Generating collaborative relationships with stakeholders to achieve a common goal.
Creating holistic pathways (economically, environmentally, socially) to care for our community spaces for the future.
Viewing all initiatives through the lenses of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
Sparking momentum with community partners to innovate new opportunities.
Monica Stiemle-App, Rockford Construction – President
Lee Mueller, Davey Tree Expert Co. – Vice President
John Shull, Spectrum Health – Secretary
Elaine Goralski, Plante Moran – Treasurer
Anna Baeten, Ktsis Capital
Corey Bixby, Orion Construction
Tom Blower,Strategies Wealth Advisors
Ken James, GR Chamber of Commerce
Megan Odegaard, BDO USA & Farmhaus Cider
Rachel Ruiz, WOOD TV
Chris Spain, Acrisure
Kim Van Driel, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.
Joshua Verhulst, Tech Defenders
Kurt Reppart,City Commissioner
David Marquardt, Director of Parks & Recreation