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Hummingbirds Arrive

Hummingbirds Arrive

It would appear Spring IS finally here. We just had our first hummingbird of the season visit our feeder. Last fall we said goodbye to about 13 hummingbirds and we hope they all return this season. They are a lot of fun to watch as they buzz around. We even had one that would eat out of our palm. Cool little creatures

The Grand River: Yours to Protect

The Grand River: Yours to Protect

When it rains, storm water flows over lawns, streets, and parking lots carrying with it road dirt, fertilizers, oil, and grease into storm drains. Storm drains carry this storm water to the Grand River without any type of treatment. Follow these steps to keep storm water clean and help protect the Grand River.

Your Home

Protect your family’s health. Dispose of unwanted paints, solvents, and cleaners at your county collection center.

Pump your septic system every 3 to 5 years to avoid costly system overflows.

Your Lawn and Garden

Avoid scorching your lawn. Use slow-release types of fertilizer only 2-3 times per year. Non-phosphorus fertilizers are best for the environment.

Plant native plants in your garden. Native plants naturally need less water, fertilizers, and pesticides saving you time and money.

Your Vehicle and Garage

Sparta clean-up this weekend

Sparta Township/Village residents are invited to drop off trash, yard waste, appliances, batteries, and electronics to the Village DPW garage located at 276 W Division St on April 21, 22, and 23.

Hours are Thursday 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

No liquids, hazardous waste or commercial waste will be permitted. Residents will be asked to show ID.

New Life for a Closed Nature Center

New Life for a Closed Nature Center

Earlier this year, due to budget cuts Howard Christensen Nature Center was forced to close.  Thanks to a group of individuals the nature center will open this spring as planned.  According to their website, www.lilysfrogpad.com, there are many exciting events planned for the center, starting with clean up day on April 23, from 9am-1pm.

The nature center boasts over 7 miles of nature trails,  preserved habitats and a lot of wildlife!  This offers a great destination for a school field trip and 6th grade camp. 

Apple Blossom Day hosted by Sparta Agriculture Business

Apple Blossom Day hosted by Sparta Agriculture Business

As the school year comes to an end we all know children are anxious to get out and enjoy their summer.   This is why Riveridge Produce Marketing is inviting 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to Apple Blossom Day through school tours.  The day will be filled with new experiences for these students as they will get to learn all about the process of growing Michigan apples, while being surrounded in the orchard’s blossoming environment.

Stations all throughout the orchard will help educate children about where their local fruit comes from. Groups will travel through the orchard on a safe wagon ride while gaining knowledge along the way. Stops at learning stations will focus on local fruit, how bees are involved in pollination, harvest procedures, and the different Michigan apple varieties.  Guests throughout the day include Johnny Appleseed and the Michigan Apple Queen.

Village of Sparta Clean-Up Days

For Village Residents Only:

Sparta Clean-Up Days will be April 21, 22 from 1:00-8:00pm and April 23 from 9:00am-3:00pm.

The drop off location is at the Sparta Department of Public Works Garage at 276 W. Division, Sparta, MI

Volunteer Day at Howard Christensen Nature Center!

Volunteer Day at Howard Christensen Nature Center!

Saturday, April 23rd 9:00 AM 1:00 pm

Adults, teens, everybody, are you looking for a rewarding volunteer experience?

We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals who’d enjoy volunteering in the great outdoors at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Get community service hours for your college resume. Work with our friendly naturalists, teach kids about nature, help maintain the trails—whatever your interests, we’ve got a job for you. Learn more at the orientation. Call/RSVP Cindy Perski at cperski@charter.net or call (616) 325-4554 if you plan to attend.
*** Update news for HCNC -

A group of dedicated volunteers is looking to reopen on April 17th!  More news to come!  There are many ways to get involved with the Howard Christensen Nature Center.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Cindy at (616) 325-4554.