Invasive Species Program

April – October | Last Tuesday of Each Month | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Due to Covid-19 we have postponed AFFEW group outings until July. Visit our Community Pride page for suggestions on how you and your household can work on projects on your own.

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plants species at Cartier Park. A discussion to help identify these plants will take place. Meet at the Ludington Central Bark Park at the end of Rath Ave. Bring water, gloves and wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toed shoes. Event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions.


Community Pride

AFFEW and the City of Ludington are inviting Families (people that live in the same household) to help out with a few projects. Please practice social distancing and mask wearing. Post a picture of your family on AFFEW’s Facebook page after your project is done! Thanks for helping our Community! 

Garlic Mustard Pulling at Cartier Park

Each spring, large patches of Garlic Mustard pop up near the the dog park and by the gazebo in Cartier Park. You can help eliminate this invasive species by pulling and properly disposing of it.

Bring water, gloves and wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toed shoes. Pull garlic mustard from the ground, by the stem, trying to get all the roots out. Place the garlic mustard plants into a doubled plastic garbage bag. Note:  If the garlic mustard plants have seeds on them, try to keep the seed on the plant and in the bag!! Place the double bagged garbage bags in the garbage cans at the park or in your own garbage can at home. Visit the Midwest Invasive Species Network (NISIN) for more information on Garlic Mustard.

Pick-up Trash Around Town and the Beach

Ludington is renown for its great hometown atmosphere and beautiful beaches. Pitch in and make a difference in our community! Wear gloves for your protection and bring a plastic grocery or garbage bag. Walk around town or at the beach and pick up garbage only.  Be careful about glass and/or syringes. No need to collect organic matter, (sticks, dead fish, feathers, leaves, etc.) Thank you for helping keep our community beautiful!

Don’t forget to post a group photo on AFFEW’s Facebook Page of your amazing accomplishments!

Native Plant Sale

Saturday, June 13 * 9:30 am-12 pm

Rotary Park, Ludington

Thank you everyone for your support of AFFEW’s Native Plant Sale! It was a huge success again this year. We added just under 1000 native plants to our community! We’ll be back again next summer on June 12, 2021.

Help protect our species by gardening with native plants! AFFEW will offer a variety of native plants for sale in early June. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for insects, birds and animals. They also require minimal maintenance and the deep root system of native plants absorb more water than a traditional lawn.  AFFEW will partner with Birdsfoot Native Nursery to bring these amazing plants to YOU!

On the day of the sale a variety of safety procedures will be observed to assure the safety of volunteers and attendees. The day will be split between preorders and those purchasing that day. All volunteers will wear face masks while working the event. Hand sanitizer will be available for volunteers and the public. Individuals attending the event are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask for their safety and that of others. Social distancing will be required throughout the event. Thank you for your understanding and support of these necessary safety procedures.

Many Native Plants to choose from…

Over 50 species of native plants will be available the day of our sale! Choose from shrubs, grasses and a large variety of beautiful flowers.

The butterflies, birds and insects will appreciate you adding this to your landscape! We’ll have experts at the sale that can help you choose the right variety for your garden.

Earth Day Celebration Goes VIRTUAL

Due to our concerns for the safety of the public and volunteers during Covid-19, AFFEW’s board of directors have cancelled the April 18 Earth Day Celebration.

Instead we have listed below several resources from organizations that will host virtual events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We can still make a difference as we stay home and be safe! 

Helpful websites to visit during this time:



Webinars & Podcasts:

Kids Websites & Podcasts:

10 Things YOU can do to make a difference in your home today and every day!

  1. Clean up your neighborhood, remembering social distancing.
  2. Go through your clothes or “things” and really reflect on what you use, need.
  3. Donate or give to someone when able to.
  4. Recycle metal?
  5. Reduce your use of items! Try to reduce plastics.
  6. Bake or make food from scratch, DIY lotions, etc
  7. Start composting, planning a native plant or vegetable garden.
  8. Eat vegetarian at least once a week.
  9. Plant a tree or two! (Contact Julia Chambers for free native tree seedlings)
  10. Use “green” supplies.