Volunteers Needed for Tree Planting at Johnson Nature Center

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The Johnson Nature Center is partnering with ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree organization, Bloomfield Township, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Urban and Community Forestry Program to plant 42 trees at the Johnson Nature Center on Saturday morning, April 21, 2018. 

Organizers are looking for volunteers for this project, which will help restore the Rouge River ecosystem.  This project is being done in collaboration with the Friends of the Rouge as part of Rouge Rescue. Middle school age children and older are welcome to participate in the event. ReLeaf Michigan's tree experts will be on hand to oversee the event and help volunteers learn how to correctly plant and maintain the trees. 

Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing and bring a shovel and other appropriate tools. The group will meet at E.L. Johnson Nature Center at 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning to sign in and enjoy light refreshments. ReLeaf Michigan will demonstrate how to properly plant a tree at 9:00 a.m. and then the group will split up to do the plantings.

Event occurs rain or shine. No planting experience is necessary. Join us and leave a legacy that your children and grandchildren can watch grow and thrive, while making a difference in the environment. We hope to see you there!

ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit organization celebrating its 30th anniversary, partners with communities statewide to replenish our tree canopies through tree planting events.  Trees provide many benefits to communities such as shade, improving economic vitality of commercial districts, absorbing storm water, and reducing carbon in our atmosphere.  

Where: E.L. Johnson Nature Center, 3325 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 
When: Saturday, April 21, 2017 from 8:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Sponsors: ReLeaf Michigan (, E.L. Johnson Nature Center, Bloomfield Township, Michigan DNR – Urban and Community Forestry Program, Friends of the Rouge
Cost:    This event is free!  Please RSVP to Dan Badgley,, 248-341-6487