Invasive Species Program

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

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.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Saturday, August 17th * 9 am-1 pm

Mason County Road Commission Building Scottville, Michigan

On the 3rd Saturday in August, AFFEW partners with the Mason-Lake Conservation District to collect hazardous waste. We provide financial support and volunteers for this important annual event. Participation for Mason County residents is free, $10 donation is recommended. Visit the Mason-Lake Conservation District’s website for a list of accepted items.

The 3-County Committee annually requests funds from counties and townships; but with the increase in collection expenses, we are looking for additional funding support for our 2019 collection. Any donation will be a great help in keeping the collection open and available to residents this year. Every $50 pays for disposal of 56 pounds of hazardous material. Safe disposal of these products also helps to ensure that our community and environment stay healthy.

Use the Recycle It map to find businesses in the Mason County area that will take items throughout the year.

Earth Day

Saturday, April 13 * 10 am-5 pm

United Methodist Church, Ludington

Hundreds of individuals and families enjoyed AFFEW’s annual Earth Day celebration! The day included workshops, kid’s activities, a family hike and green enterprise booths and ended with a update on climate change and how it impacts our community. A variety of raffles also took place throughout the day and food was available for purchase.

 

Speakers

Hunting and fishing: A legacy of protecting natural resources.  

Shaun McKeon & Nick Green, Michigan United Conservation Club

Presentation will focus on the funds generated from hunting and fishing licenses. These monies are then used to fund water clean up initiatives, land purchases for recreational use, trail and accessibility development and educational programs. The speaker will connect the dots from the hunter and angling license purchases, taxes collected from ammunition and equipment sales to distribution to the resource protections and enhancements.

Climate Change – Your Health and Your Community

Dr. Richard Norton will give an overview of climate change  and the physical effects in the Great Lakes. Dr. Trish Koman will then speak on how these physical changes will affect health. Followed by Richard presenting about the Great Lakes shoreline dynamics in light of climate change.

Patricia (Trish) Koman, MPP, PhD, conducts research and engages students in multidisciplinary design challenges at the University of Michigan. Both a environmental epidemiologist and a former government scientist, Trish studies how climate change affects health, especially among vulnerable populations.  Dr. Koman will discuss how climate change affects health in the Great Lakes region – what the science says and what you can do. Additional information on this topic can be found below.

Close Encounters

Live Animal Show with John Ball Zoo

John Ball Traveling Zoo Live animal presentation

Stroll by to meet & greet the animals 

Workshops

Native Plants and Rain Gardens

Carolyn Thayer with Designs in Bloom

The presentation will focus on how Michigan native plants can help soak up storm water runoff, prevent erosion, filter storm water runoff, and provide habitat for wildlife and insects.  And…the best part is these native plants will wake up your landscape and become alive with sound and activity.  

Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home

Healthy From the Ground Up

Dr. Kathryn Niemeyer

This presentation will focus on the use of plants and herbs as foods and medicines to promote health and prevent disease. Plant-based diets along with the inclusion of healing herbs for general health and wellbeing will be discussed. Plant combinations for sleep, mild pain, anxiety, energy and immune strength will be addressed.

Make and Take Green Cleaning Products

The Green Gals, Heidi, Brenda & Kathy

Just 3 everyday gals trying to keep chemicals out of our everyday lives. This workshop will allow you to make & take a few products that use natural ingredients to clean and use in a variety of ways. “Recipes” included!

Friends & Foes, Managing Insects Organically

John Ferree with Little Red Organics

How to encourage beneficial insects and prevent pest damage in edible landscapes. The workshop will explore Organic pest controls, how to use pest controls while limiting impacts to non-target species, and building landscapes that benefit beneficial insects. + Top Secret Japanese Beetle recipe

Promotional Materials & Media

Native Plant Sale

Saturday, June 8 * 10 am-1 pm

Rotary Park, Ludington

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!