Gwen O'Brien

Citizen Forester

Grant Awarded: $19,464

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks works to protect, enhance and expand parks and public spaces in Michigan's second largest city.

The Citizen Forester program offers community workshops where volunteers can learn proper location, timing and methods of planting and caring for trees, with the goal of expanding Grand Rapids' tree canopy, then return to their communities to share that knowledge with others. By designing workshops and collateral for this program, we will increase community engagement and expand forestry skills and knowledge throughout our city.