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Service: Going Native: Landscaping For Biodiversity (Marne)

August 28, 2010
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Van Oosterhout’s Home
3834 Hayes St.
Marne, MI 49435 United States

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Organized by:
Jan VanOosterhout
Phone: 616-540-0685
Email: cfimiservice@centerforinquiry.net


CFI Service Committee is hosting a lecture and garden tour event to highlight the importance of using native plants to promote biodiversity. Shane VanOosterhout will give a presentation about native plants, including a short video about the Monarch butterfly. Following the presentation attendees will be treated to an educational tour of the Merkabee House gardens. This event is designed to inform and encourage attendees to ‘sow the seeds’ of biodiversity in their own communities. Follow up service opportunities will be discussed.

If you would like written directions to Merkabee house please contact Jan VanOosterhout.

The Service Committee is a program of CFI Michigan that is working to support CFI’s mission by translating humanist values into action for the common good of humanity. The Committee is working to provide opportunities for members to engage in community service and outreach throughout the year.

If you would like additional information about upcoming Service Committee projects or have questions – please contact Cindy Krieg: Email or call 616-698-2342.

About Shane Van Oosterhout

Master Gardener Coordinator, MSU Extension Service and Adjunct Professor of Digital Media, Kendall College of Art & Design

Shane VanOosterhout is a professional gardener and garden photographer, designer, educator and writer. He is the Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator for the Ottawa County Michigan State University Extension Office. His primary interests include ecology and environmental stewardship. Shane is alsoAdjunct Professor of Digital Media at Kendall College of Art & Design. Shane received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. He lives and gardens at Merkabee House (http://web.mac.com/merkebee/iWeb/Site/Merkebee.html), a 10 acre property which is a National Wildlife Foundation Certified Backyard Habitat, and maintains a blog called The Passionate Gardener (www.livetogarden.blogspot.com).