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New summer work program improves park and lives

New summer work program improves park and lives

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Grand Haven State park is even better thanks to a program providing life skills to six Ottawa County teenagers.

This is the first year for the DNR Youth Works Summer Program in West Michigan.  Grand Haven State Park was the only location to have the program up and running in time for summer. 

The DNR Youth Works Summer Program is fashioned after a similar work program Traverse City State Park has been running for several years.  A job coach leads six high school students with developmental, physical and cognitive disabilities through a variety of tasks, including cleaning campsites, picking up litter, repairing concrete and mentoring children.  Supporters say the program also improves the lives of participants, encouraging quiet and withdrawn students to interact with state employees while finishing projects that would normally be ignored.

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!

 

Michigan awarded $2.3 million to protect lakeshore

Michigan awarded $2.3 million to protect lakeshore

The Michigan Coastal Management Program is getting more than $2.3 million to help protect the state’s lakeshore.

The grant money is coming from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

 “Michigan is home to over 3,100 miles of Great Lakes shoreline that attract tourists from across the country to enjoy our great outdoors, contributing billions to our economy.  This support will help conserve our beautiful natural resources for generations to come,” says Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who announced the grant along with Sen. Carl Levin Tuesday.

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality will administer the $2,327,500 federal grant, which will be used to help identify and mitigate the effects of climate change on Great Lakes coastal wetlands, as well as improving rip current forecasting and notification systems.

The Buzz About Bees in Holland

The Buzz About Bees in Holland

See a live colony of Bees at the DeGraaf Nature Center in Holland, MI. on Saturday, August 3rd at 2:00pm.

The Nature Center has a glass-sided observation beehive that is very popular with visitors. There you can watch the honey bees go about their very busy lives. This time of year, the bees are very active gatherering nectar to make honey for the winter months ahead. It's fun to find the queen as she lays her eggs.

Come and join beekeeper, Rob Venner and learn about the social lives of the Honeybees and how important pollinators are to our local farmers. Honey samples will be provided.

A fee of $3.00 per person is charged. Free for Friends of De Graaf. Please call to register at 616-355-1057 or e-mail: degraafnaturecenter@cityofholland.com

The Nature Center is located at 600 Graafschap Rd. in Holland, MI 49423.

Summertime Star Gazing at Spring Lake District Library

Summertime Star Gazing at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Astronomy enthusiasts are invited to the Spring Lake District Library on Thursday, July 18, at 7:00 p.m. for a guided tour of the night skies this summer.

The guest speaker will be Grand Valley State University Physics Professor, Dr. Doug Furton. During his presentation, Dr. Furton will show attendees how to make simple devices to predict the rising and setting of the sun, moon and stars – no batteries required.

Astronomy is growing in popularity as new data is gathered about the universe to answer the question 'What's out there?'  Don't miss this opportunity to talk with an expert on the latest astronomical finds.

Adults and students in middle school and older are invited to attend this fun and informative presentation. For more information, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Summer Reading Club event teaches kids how to make a terrarium

Summer Reading Club event teaches kids how to make a terrarium

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Plants are blooming at Loutit District Library (LDL) on July 16 as Youth Librarian Assistant Susan Trittin demonstrates how to make a terrarium that grows tiny plants using a two-litter bottle.

Children ages seven and up will learn how to make their own bottle terrarium during Trittin’s program, “Groovy Gardens." Trittin will also highlight how their terrarium recycles its own water, while showing the kids how to recognize when to add water.

The program begins at 2 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A. Materials for this program will be supplied.

Fish finder: Habits & habitats of big river species

Fish finder: Habits & habitats of big river species

SPRING LAKE, Mich.-- Join Dr. Dan O’Keefe for a fish-eye view of life in the Grand River on Wednesday, June 19 at the Spring Lake District Library.

 Dr. O’Keefe is the Michigan Sea Grant Educator for Southwest Michigan.  During his 7 p.m. presentation,  he’ll share underwater video, photos and persevered specimens as he explains where and when to find popular game fish. Learn about the more than 100 fish species living in the Grand, including the resident river monster and shy quillbacks.

Michigan Sea Grant works to protect and promote sustainable use of the Great Lakes and coastal resources. The Sea Grant initiative includes research, education, and outreach efforts to promote better understanding and conservation of the Great Lakes fresh water system.

For more information, contact the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.