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In This Newsletter...

  • Welcome Our New History Interns: Olivia & Mariah!
  • New "Rouge Park Memories" Facebook Group
  • April Events: April 15 Park Clean-Up, Earth Day Clean-Up - April 22, Spring          Wildflower Walk - April 23
  • Rouge Park Appreciation Day - May 20
  • Discover Rouge Park Senior Bus Tour - June 1
  • Other Upcoming Rouge Park Events
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Welcome Olivia & Mariah!

We are pleased to welcome Olivia Barron and Mariah McClendon-Smith as our new history interns for the Friends of Rouge Park. Olivia started in early April and will focus on archival research of the park. Mariah will start in mid-May and will focus on collecting oral histories in person and over social media.

They will be planning a Rouge Park History Fair for this fall to present their discoveries and to collect further oral histories, photos and artifacts. We hope eventually to present all the information collected into a Rouge Park history booklet and web site. 

We have just created a new Rouge Park Memories Facebook page for anyone to share their memories and photos. There is very little on this new site now, so we need your help to get the ball rolling by posting your memories and spreading the word!

We especially need people who are willing to meet with Mariah (in person, via Zoom or telephone) to share their memories, as these personal oral histories are the most precious historical resource of all! Please send an email to [email protected] with ORAL HISTORY in the subject line and you will contacted to schedule a date and time this summer.

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April Park Clean-Ups

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On April 15, students from Westfield Prepratory High School bagged over 400 lbs. of trash by the Spinoza Bridge!

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58 volunteers came out on Earth Day, April 22, to collect over 800 lbs. of trash along Joy Rd! Thank you to Greening of Detroit for giving free trees to the first 25 participants!

Spring Wildflower Walk

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Botanist Bill Brodovich led a walk along the Ma'iingan Wildwood Trail on April 23. See the list of the native plants we identified here.

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Rouge Park Appreciation Day
Saturday, May 20, 8:00am-1:00pm
SE Corner of Joy & Spinoza (map)

Trash cleanup, invasive species removal, trail work, planting/weeding and more

Free hotdog lunch grilled by the Detroit AeroModelers (veggie dogs available)
Register here

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Other Upcoming Events

Woody Plant Walk
Sunday, June 11 at 2:00pm*
Stone Bridge Nature Trail
Join the Friends of Rouge Park and woody plant enthusiast, Don Drife to learn to identify species of trees and other woody plants by their leaves in Rouge Park.
*If there are flooding conditions we may postpone the walk to the following Sunday, June 18 at 2pm. The trail may be muddy, please wear rain boots or shoes that can get wet/dirty.
Register here

Yoga in the Park
Sundays at 9 am, June 4 to August 27 - 13 weeks

(Registration available soon at rougepark.org)

Butterfly & Native Prairie Plant Walk
Sunday, July 30, 2:00pm 

North Prairie Pathway Trailhead & Butterfly Garden (map)
Join us for a walk in the Butterfly Garden with butterfly enthusiast, Doris Applebaum. Enjoy the natural beauty and learn about the abundant variety of butterflies and native plants in this restored native prairie.
Meet at the North Prairie Pathway Trailhead & Butterfly Garden on Outer Drive, just south of Joy Rd.
Register here


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