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Rouge Rescue Work Sites

Volunteers should wear long sleeves and long pants to avoid contact with poison ivy. Sturdy closed toe shoes are also recommended. Some sites may need volunteers to bring gardening tools. Please contact the individual site coordinator to see if any tools are needed.

Please note – the map of sites a couple of sites (one in Northville and one in Dearborn).  These will be added asap.  Please check the lists below for the most up to date information.  

Work Site Locations

This list is not a complete list of sites. Additional work sites will be added as details are available. The list was last updated on 4/13/2018.

EARLY WORK SITES

Arranged by date

BLOOMFIELD TWP

E.L. Johnson Nature Center Tree Planting
Date: 4/21/2018
Time: 8:45am – 12:00 pm
Location: 3325 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills
Projects: In just a few hours you can make a difference that can last decades! Join us on Saturday, April 21st as we plant 42 trees at the E.L. Johnson Nature Center. ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree organization, is partnering with the nature center and Bloomfield Township to restore the Rouge River ecosystem.  More information.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Franklin Road, north of Long Lake Road
Site Coordinator(s): Dan Badgley, E.L. Johnson Nature Center
Email: dbadgley@bloomfield.org

REDFORD TWP

Lola Valley Park
Date:  4/21/2018
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location:  Lola Valley comfort station which is on Kinloch, south of 6 Mile Road between Beech Daly and Inkster Roads
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects:  Native tree and flower planting
Family Friendly:  yes
Site Coordinator(s):  Kennard Duda, Redford Twp. Beautification Commission
Phone:
Email:  brbrp@sbcglobal.net

WAYNE

Downtown Wayne Clean Up
Date: 4/21/2018
Time: 9:00am – 12:00 pm
Location: 29th District Court, 34808 Sims St.
Projects: Volunteers will work to clean up trash from the Rouge River and surrounding area. Register at downtownwayne.org or call number provided below.   More information.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Parking, registration and t-shirt pick up will be located at the 29th District Court Parking Lot
Site Coordinator(s): City of Wayne
Phone:  734-629-6822

WESTLAND

Merriman Hollow Rec Area – Hines Park
Date: 4/21/2018
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Hines Drive and Merriman Road, Westland
Volunteers Needed: 20
Projects: Clean up trash and maintain a native garden and woodchip path.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: The entrance ramp to Hawthorne Drive to Hines Drive from Merriman. Located at the instersection of Hines Drive and Merriman.
Site Coordinator(s): Jenny Petoskey, Volunteer
Phone: 734-637-1284
Email: jenny_petoskey@yahoo.com

DETROIT

Rouge Park Spring Cleanup Day
Date: 4/28/2018
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Meet at the Buffalo Soldiers Barn. Wear long pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes.
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects: Volunteers are needed to help clean up the park
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: 21860 Joy Road
Site Coordinator(s): Friends of Rouge Park
more info  

BIRMINGHAM

Quarton Lake Garlic Mustard Pull
Date: 4/29/2018
Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm
Location: West side of Quarton Lake at Pine & Lake Park
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects: Volunteers will work to control garlic mustard by hand pulling and bagging these invasive plants. Please bring work gloves and wear closed toed shoes.  RSVP and more details available by email.  More information.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Pine and Lake Park
Site Coordinator(s): City of Birmingham residents
Email: jawang1@comcast.net

NOVI

Rotary Park  
Date 5/5/2018
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Location22220 Roethel Drive, Novi
Volunteers Needed: 60
Projects: Trash removal, river trail cleanup, invasive plant control, managing wood in the river.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Nine Mile and Roethel Drive, between Novi Road and Meadowbrook Road.
Site Coordinator(s): Wendy DuVall, City of Novi
Phone:  248 361 8336
Email: wduvall@cityofnovi.org

DEARBORN

Fair Lane (Henry Ford Estate) Garlic Mustard Pull Together
Date: 5/12/2018
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: 1 Fair Lane Drive, Dearborn, MI 48128
Volunteers Needed: 20+
Projects:  Volunteers will work to pull garlic mustard.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: After parking in Fair Lane lot, follow signs to check-in point
Site Coordinator(s): Karen Marzonie
Phone: 313-668-3193
Email: kmarzonie@henryfordestate.org

NORTHVILLE TWP

Wayne County Commissioner Terry Marecki Park Cleanup Day, Hines Park
Date: 5/12/208 (TENTATIVE)
Time: 8:30am – 11:00pm
Location: Meet at the Cass Benton pavilion, near 17943 Northville Road (COULD MOVE)
Volunteers Needed: All welcome (first 50 will receive Tigers tickets)
Projects:  Picking up trash and spreading mulch throughout the disc golf course at Cass Benton.  Spreading soil and seed throughout the cross country course at Bennett Arboretum, in order to prevent further ground erosion from frequent use. Volunteers are encouraged to bring there own equipment (pitchforks, rakes, shovels, etc.) to spread the mulch and soil, which will be provided by Wayne County Parks.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Cass Benton Pavilion, Cass Benton Rec Area located between Northville Road and Hines Drive, north of 6 Mile Road
Site Coordinator(s): Grace Modes, Commissioner Terry Marecki’s Office
Phone: 313-224-0946
Email:  gmodes@waynecounty.com

SATURDAY, MAY 19TH WORK SITES

 Arranged By city/twp name

BEVERLY HILLS

Douglas Evans Nature Preserve
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: 31835 Evergreen Road
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects: Invasive species removal, debris removal and nature walk.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Evergreen Road between 13 Mile Road and 14 Mile Road
Site Coordinator(s): Erin Saur
Phone:  248-646-6404 ext. 229
Email: esaur@villagebeverlyhills.com

BIRMINGHAM

Linden Park
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Hawthorne Street
Volunteers Needed: 35
Projects: Invasive species management practices along with debris/trash cleanup throughout the park.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Hawthome Street, Birmingham, MI 48009
Site Coordinator(s): Connie Folk, City of Birmingham
Phone: 248-530-1642
Email: cfolk@bhamgov.org

CANTON

Lower Rouge River Trail Head
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Michigan Ave & Morton Taylor Trail Head
Volunteers Needed: 150+
Projects: Volunteers will be cleaning up debris from the nature trails and planting.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Michigan Ave & Morton Taylor – enter off Michigan Avenue
Site Coordinator(s): Christie Jones, Canton Township
Phone: 734-394-5160
Email: cjones@canton-mi.org

Meadows of Canton
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location44955 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
Volunteers Needed: 100
Projects: River cleanup if weather permits, educational displays, indoor presentations, bug hunt (benthic program), bird house building, storm drain stenciling, food and much more.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: River cleanup located at Lotz Road between Cherry Hill and Palmer Road. All other activities located at 44955 Cherry Hill Road (registration as well). Please check in before going to river cleanup site.
Site Coordinator(s): Kesh Raizada, Wayne County DPS
Phone: 313-999-6256
Email: kraizada@waynecounty.com

DEARBORN

Ford Field Greenway Trail
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Ford Field, Dearborn
Volunteers Needed: 20
Projects: We will be cleaning up the park and managing the woody debris in the river.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Ford Field South Shelter at base of Monroe Street
Site Coordinator(s): Dave Norwood
Phone: (313) 613-1872
Email: dnorwood@ci.dearborn.mi.us

Oakwood Heights/Fordson Island
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location130 S. Fort St., Detroit
Volunteers Needed: 40
Projects: Cleanup along the banks of the Rouge River on the Oakwood side of Fordson Island.  The site is also a Marathon Gardens wildlife habitat and Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision garden site.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Meet by the Fort Street Bridge Park sign
Site Coordinator(s): Paul Draus, professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Phone: 313-319-2651
Email: draus@umich.edu

University of Michigan – Dearborn
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00pm
Location: Environmental Interpretive Center, 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects: Volunteers will work to maintain trails in the Environmental Study Area, including wood chipping pathways.
Family Friendly: no
Directions: Meet at the Environmental Interpretive Center
Site Coordinator(s): Rick Simek, Environmental Interpretive Center
Phone: 313-593-5338
Email: rsimek@umich.edu

DETROIT

Rouge Park Appreciation Day
Date:  5/19/2018
Time: 8:00am – 1:30pm
Location22000 Joy Road, Detroit
Volunteers Needed: 200
Projects: Park cleanup and invasive species removal
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Southeast corner of Joy Road and Spinoza Drive.
Site Coordinator(s): Sally Petrella, Friends of the Rouge
Phone: 313-792-9621

LIVONIA 

Goff Nature Preserve
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 8:30am – 11:00am
Location: At the intersection of Goff Street and Pershing Avenue.
Volunteers Needed: 75
Projects: Native planting, invasive plant removal, woody debris management and clean up.
Family Friendly: Yes
Directions: West of Inkster/take Goff south off of 7 Mile to East on Pershing
Site Coordinator(s): Trisha Dotson, City of Livonia
Phone: 734-466-2655
Email: tdotson@ci.livonia.mi.us

Newburgh Pointe Rec Area, Newburgh Lake  – Hines Park
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Hines Drive, west of Newburgh Road
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects: Volunteers will work to clean up trash from the shore and by boat and lay crushed stone to reduce erosion at the canoe launch. Bring your own boat if you have it.  Heavner will provide some canoes for volunteers (limited supply available). Volunteers are asked to bring rakes or other useful tools to pull trash from nearshore areas.
Directions: Meet at the canoe livery at Newburgh Pointe Rec Area
Site Coordinator(s): Vicki Schroeder, FOTR volunteer and Jeff Valendar, Heavner Canoe Livery
Email: catfish228@gmail.com or jeff@heavnercanoe.com

 NORTHVILLE

Allen Drive Park
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: 1056 Allen Drive, Northville, 48167
Volunteers Needed: 25
Projects: Garlic mustard and trash removal, bird house and hummingbird feeder building after clean up.  This year we will also have 4 legged volunteers helping to clear away invasive plants – GOATS from City Girls Farm will be onsite to chomp away at the garlic mustard and other invasives during Rouge Rescue!
Family Friendly: Yes
Directions: Off Novi Rd, north of 8 Mile Road or Novi Street off 8 Mile Road. Parking available
Site Coordinator(s): Callie Milroy
Phone: 248-496-8426
Email: calliesgardens@gmail.com

Northville Downs
Date:  5/19/2018
Time: 8:00 – 12:00 pm
Location: 7 Mile at Hines Drive
Volunteers Needed:  200
Sign up to volunteer at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4ea9a728a3f58-rouge
Projects: Make the Rouge Paddle-able! Native planting, invasive plant removal, woody debris management and clean up.
Directions: Sign in at the Northville Rec. Area in Hines Park. Parking available in the Northville Rec. Area and at the former McDonald Ford site on 7 Mile Road across the street from Custard Time and Good Time Party Store.
Family Friendly: yes
Site Coordinator(s): John P Kelly
Phone:  248-348-0496
Email: john@kellykellylaw.com

NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP

Northville Community Park
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: 15801 Beck Rd, Northville, MI 48168
Volunteers Needed: 5
Projects: Get RainSmart with Matthew Bertrand of Friends of the Rouge! Check out the rain garden at Northville Community Park, and enjoy expert advice about how to get RainSmart at your own home, including design and plant selection. While you’re there, pitch in on rain garden maintenance to help keep this demonstration garden looking its best.
Family Friendly: Yes
Directions: Turn north on Johnson Creek Dr off of 5 Mile, just west of Beck. Park in the first parking area. Meet at the pavilion.
Site Coordinator(s): Matthew Bertrand
Phone: 313-792-9900 x4
Email: mbertrand@therouge.org

PLYMOUTH

Lion’s Club Park
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: 575 Burroughs, Plymouth
Volunteers Needed: 75
Projects: Pick up trash and debris, remove invasive species and replant native species.  Lunch provided to participating volunteers.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions:  From Ann Arbor Rd, North on Main St, East on Burroughs.
Site Coordinator(s): Adam Gerlach, Greta Bolhuis, City of Plymouth
Phone: 734-453-1234 ext. 224
Email:  gbolhuis@ci.plymouth.mi.us or agerlach@ci.plymouth.mi.us

REDFORD TWP

Lola Valley Park
Date:  5/19/2018
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location:  Lola Valley comfort station which is on Kinloch, south of 6 Mile Road between Beech Daly and Inkster Roads
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects: Trash and debris pick-up, invasive plant removal
Family Friendly:  yes
Site Coordinator(s):  Scot Martin & Ted Kozlowski, Redford Residents
Phone:  734.334.7437
Email:  scotfmartin@gmail.com

SOUTHFIELD

Beech Woods Recreation Center
Date: 5/19/18
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Beech south of Nine Mile Road.
Volunteers Needed: 75-100
Projects: Woody Debris Management/Native Planting/Invasives Removal
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Beech Woods Recreation Center, located on Beech Road just south of Nine Mile.
Site Coordinator(s): Brandy Siedlaczek, City of Southfield
Phone: 248-796-4806
Email: bsiedlaczek@cityofsouthfield.com

Berberian Woods
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Streamwood Lane, Southfield
Volunteers Needed: 10-20
Projects: Invasive plant removal, primarily garlic mustard and Dame’s Rocket, with a little honeysuckle thrown in for good measure. This is a very cool site, so come on out and join us for a fun morning on The Rouge!
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Enter Streamwood Lane off of 12 Mile Road, a residential street halfway between Telegraph Rd and Lahser Rd. Park on the street and walk down the lane to the bridge. Signs will be posted.
Site Coordinator(s): Gail Barber, Resident & Brandy Siedlaczek, City of Southfield
Phone: 248-796-4806 (Brandy)
Email: bsiedlaczek@cityofsouthfield.com

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP 

Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve, 8080 Cherry Hill Road, Superior Township
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects: Clean-up and weeding of visitor reception area — if soil conditions permit, initial stages of planting of a native plant and insect garden
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: SE corner, intersection of Prospect & Cherry Hill roads, park at Superior Township Hall, NE corner Prospect & Cherry Hill Roads
Site Coordinator(s): Carla Bisaro, SMLC Superior Township Chapter
Phone: 734-484-0074
Emall: ckbisaro@comcast.net

Kosch Headwaters Preserve
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: 8170 Ford Road, Superior Township
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects: Volunteers will work to control garlic mustard and other invasive plants throughout the preserve
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Preserve entrance is located on the east side of Prospect Road approximately 1/4 mile south of Ford Road
Site Coordinator(s): Katie Carlisle
Phone: 734-971-6337 ext 334
Emall: carlislec@washtenaw.org

Weatherbee Woods Preserve
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 8740 Warren Road, Plymouth (Superior Twp)
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects: Volunteers will work to control garlic mustard and other invasive plants throughout the preserve
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Preserve entrance is located on the east side of Prospect Road approximately 1/4 mile south of Ford Road
Site Coordinator(s): Katie Carlisle
Phone: 734-971-6337 ext 334
Emall: carlislec@washtenaw.org

WESTLAND

Merriman Hollow Rec Area – Hines Park
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Hines Drive and Merriman Road, Westland
Volunteers Needed: 20
Projects: Clean up trash and maintain a native garden and woodchip path.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: The entrance ramp to Hawthorne Drive to Hines Drive from Merriman. Located at the instersection of Hines Drive and Merriman.
Site Coordinator(s): Jenny Petoskey, Volunteer
Phone: 734-637-1284
Email: jenny_petoskey@yahoo.com

Tonquish Creek in Holliday Nature Preserve/Hix Park
Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 8:30am – 1:00pm
Location: Hines Drive and Merriman Road, Westland
Volunteers Needed: 30
Projects: Volunteers will work on wood in the creek, remove trash from creek and land, and pull or cut invasive plants
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Hix Park is on WEST side Hix Road, north of Warren Road, south of Joy Road
Site Coordinator(s): Bill Craig, Holliday Nature Preserve Association
Phone: 248-476-5127
Email: envirowhc@yahoo.com

 

LATE WORK SITES

PLYMOUTH TWP

Plymouth Township Tonquish Creek
Date: 06/02/18
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Tonquish Creek – South Branch between Ann Arbor Rd. and Joy Rd.
Volunteers Needed: 30
Projects: Cleaning up debris and removing log jams from the Tonquish Creek
Family Friendly: yes
Site Coordinator(s): Sarah Visel, Charter Township of Plymouth
Phone: 734-414-1452
Email: svisel@plymouthtwp.org

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