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Fall Native Plant Market
Save the Date: 2nd annual Fall Native Plant Market
Saturday, October 7th
Hosted with Keep Growing Detroit. Shop same-day with a number of local native plant sellers or pre-order a native 38-plant kit for pickup at the event. Head over to the Rouge Store today!
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Did you know that beavers are the largest rodent in North America?!
Join Great Lakes Now and Detroit Public TV in a special virtual town hall event where we'll highlight the role beavers play in ecosystems throughout the Great Lakes basin.
We'll feature clips from Wild Hope's Beaver Fever episode, which explores how beavers are shaping climates throughout the British countryside!

Bring your questions, comments, concerns and stories about beavers and get ready to learn even more about these semi-aquatic mammals from a panel of experts in conservation, ecology and wildlife.
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Great program! Thank you for putting this together!

Welcome to tonight's Great Lakes Now #WildHope LIVE town hall "Beaver Fever!" - let us know where you're joining us from...

Some resource links for you that were mentioned in tonight's town hall: Wild hope: www.wildhope.tv/ Links to relevant @GreatLakesNow content and partner websites: www.greatlakesnow.org/2023/07/what-are-wetlands-for-anyway/ www.greatlakesnow.org/trails-wetlands-episode-2309/#:~:text=Supreme%20Court%20Un%2DProtects%20Man.... Link to Voyaguers National park: www.nps.gov/voya/index.htm

Thanks for watching! We hope you enjoyed this event - and we invite you to share your nature and Beaver stories here.... Please take our event survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPV6HRN

You’re invited to Keep Growing Detroit and Friends of the Rouge‘s second annual Fall Native Plant Market! You can pre-order a native plant KIT with 38-plants NOW for pickup at this event- Head over to the Rouge Store to purchase yours today (pre-order by Sept 26)! Visit the Rouge Store here: therouge.org/store/fall-nativeplantkit/.

Date/Time: Sat. 10/7 from 10am-1pm
Rain Date: Sun. 10/8 from 10am-1pm

Location: Keep Growing Detroit Farm near Eastern Market, 3100 Orleans St, Detroit

Shop for native plants at a farmer’s market style gathering of Michigan native plant producers. There will be a variety of native plants including perennials, shrubs and trees. Vendors include Keep Growing Detroit, Designs by Nature, LLC, Detroit Wildflower Nursery, LLC, Plants for Ecology: Native Plants to Heal Our Planet. , Feral Flora, and Michiganese Natives.
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You’re invited to Keep Growing Detroit and Friends of the Rouge‘s second annual Fall Native Plant Market! You can pre-order a native plant KIT with 38-plants NOW for pickup at this event- Head over to the Rouge Store to purchase yours today (pre-order by Sept 26)! Visit the Rouge Store here: https://therouge.org/store/fall-nativeplantkit/. 

Date/Time: Sat. 10/7 from 10am-1pm
Rain Date: Sun. 10/8 from 10am-1pm

Location: Keep Growing Detroit Farm near Eastern Market, 3100 Orleans St, Detroit

Shop for native plants at a farmer’s market style gathering of Michigan native plant producers. There will be a variety of native plants including perennials, shrubs and trees. Vendors include Keep Growing Detroit, Designs by Nature, LLC, Detroit Wildflower Nursery, LLC, Plants for Ecology: Native Plants to Heal Our Planet. , Feral Flora, and Michiganese Natives.

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Michiganense Natives self tag 😉

Are there any singles for sale or will it be preorder kits only?

can i still shop if i missed the preorder deadline? 😰

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Friends of the Rouge in ACTION

Rouge Rescue

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Our annual river clean up

Since 1986, volunteers have removed large quantities of trash from the river. Public perception shifted from the river as an open sewer and a place to dump trash to its restoration including invasive plants removal, installation of native plantings, and stabilization of stream banks.

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School-based environmental education

We involve elementary, middle, and high schools from across southeastern Michigan. Students learn about the Rouge River in class, and then perform hands-on scientific exploration of the river on a field trip to its banks. They are encouraged to take action to restore and protect the river.

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How we care for the land

How we care for the land impacts water quality in our local lakes and rivers. The River Restoration program teaches residents of the watershed how to manage their land to improve water quality and to provide wildlife habitat through hands-on projects and educational events.

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Residents become citizen scientists

This program engages residents to become citizen scientists, collecting data about the health of the watershed through biological indicator species (bugs, frogs, fish, etc.) that reflect the long-term health of the watershed. As water quality improves, bugs frogs and fish are returning.

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Along 29.25 miles of the Lower Rouge

FOTR is currently working with local partners to develop a water trail on 29.25 miles of the Lower Rouge from Canton to the Detroit River. Much of the river corridor is protected within Wayne County Parks, making it ideal for the development of launches and amenities.

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Friends of the Rouge began as a volunteer organization, so volunteerism sits at the core of mission to serve the Rouge River watershed.

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Be part of the legacy. Support the vital work we do by helping us meet critical milestones for programs that make a lasting impact of the Rouge River watershed’s health.

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We adhere to all federal and state regulations, produce annual financial audits, submit all reporting documents in a timely manner with clear accounting methods and record keeping.

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