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Stormwater workshop

Do you know where the rain-water after a storm goes? Or how this rainwater some-times disappears so fast off our yards, sidewalks, and streets? Before development occurred most rainfall soaked into the ground and contributed to groundwater recharge or was recycled into the atmosphere. Modern drainage systems, which collect runoff from impervious surfaces (roofs and roads), ensure the water is efficiently conveyed to waterways through pipe networks.  This means that even small storms result in increased precipitation from rain or snowmelt flowing over the ground into our local streams and lakes. This is called stormwater runoff.

As stormwater runoff moves over our land it can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and deliver it straight to our waterways. Polluted stormwater runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals, and people.  There are many things that you can do on your property to de-crease the amount of stormwater runoff you are generating and keep it pollution-free.

To learn more, please join us for a Homeowner Stormwater Workshop on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin (220 N Monroe St NE).  A demonstration will also be given on how to build a rain barrel.  You could walk away with a free rain barrel.

If you are interested in attending please contact Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org.




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Champion Reader Team Workshops

CTA was chosen as one of three charter schools to participate in the Champion Reader Team Workshop sponsored by the Comprehensive Therapy Center in Grand Rapids, to promote literacy skills for K-2 students and their families.  Three literacy activity meetings were scheduled over September, October and November with each grade having their own night.
The students and their families were served a delicious dinner while listening to an exciting story read by one of the presenters – primarily retired teachers.  After the meal, families were split into separate groups to participate in fun literacy activities, all designed to help parents promote literacy skills at home.  At the end of the evening, each family received a free book.
Feedback has been positive, with parents reporting that students are using the strategies they learned!  Our thanks to the Comprehensive Therapy Center for the grant that made these workshops possible.

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Outdoor survival workshop and snowshoeing

Survive the Christmas vacation blues!

Join us on December 29, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for an outdoor survival workshop at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Our instructors have lots of outdoor experience and a knack for making learning fun! Participants go outside to hike and learn about topics such as what it takes to survive outdoors, how to avoid getting lost, shelter options, survival kits and basic first aid. Two groups are planned: Grades 1-5 with Nova Blackburn and Grades 6-12 with Brian Robinson. The cost is $20 per person ($18 for HCNC members) and includes lunch. Class size is limited and advance registration is required. To reserve a spot please contact us by phone (616) 675-3158 or e-mail hcnc@kentconservation.org. (Group rates are also available; call or e-mail for details). Teen volunteers also needed.
We will be open on Saturdays for snowshoe rental when there is at least 6 inches of snow. Keep on snowing! See you then!!

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