Take a Hike @ Argo Nature Area

Thursday June 5, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Argo Nature Area

This event is intended for all ages

On World Environment Day, take a hike in this 22-acre linear park on the east side of the Huron River. An unpaved trail runs the length of the park along the river. The trail travels through two types of woods: basswood and willow in the southern half and black oak and shagbark hickory (and spring wildflowers!) in the northern half. The entire trail offers beautiful views of the river. A staff naturalist from Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) will discuss native plants and trees, ecological restoration, and more.

Meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery, off Longshore Drive.

Take a Hike @ Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area

Thursday September 4, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area

This event is intended for all ages.

Celebrate National Wilderness Month with a hike along Malletts Creek, through the woods and wetlands of this 81.4-acre park. A staff naturalist from Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) will lead the hike.

Meet at the park entrance parking lot off Packard Road, across from Easy Street and just southeast of Cobblestone Farm, or park at the Malletts Creek Branch (3090 E. Eisenhower) and walk a half mile east along Eisenhower and Packard to the park entrance.

We're Talking....

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...in English-as-a-Second-Language conversation groups each week at three different AADL locations. AADL's partnership with Washtenaw Literacy provides trained volunteers to help participants become more comfortable speaking English. Groups meet Mondays at the Pittsfield Branch from 1:00-2:30 PM; Wednesdays at the Traverwood Branch from 7:00- 8:30 PM; and Fridays at the Mallets Creek Branch from 1-2:30 PM. Participants do not need to register to take part in these groups and can attend as many as they'd like. If you're interested in learning more about what Washtenaw Literacy has to offer, check out their website or give them a call at (734) 879-1320.

"Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back"

Harilyn Rousso, author of "Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back," will read from her book Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. in Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room South, at the University of Michigan. Her appearance is sponsored by a number of groups including Services for Students with Disabilities, Council for Disability Concerns, Women's Studies, Center for Education of Women, the LSA Disability Culture class, and Nicola's Books. Refreshments and Screenline CART services will be provided. Later the same day, the author will participate in a reading and panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. at the U-M School of Social Work. Refreshments and CART services will be provided. People planning to attend the later event should RSVP by emailing Carolyn Grawi at cgrawi@umich.edu.

"Don't Call Me Inspirational" is a collection of essays, poems, and personal memories by the author, who was born with cerebral palsy and now is a psychotherapist, disabilities activist and artist. Her book, published earlier this year, was widely and favorably reviewed. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson wrote in Ms. magazine that it is "less a memoir of endurance than a fine model for feminist development."

Controlled Burns In Ann Arbor's Natural Areas

Tuesday February 25, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) staff will explain what controlled burns are and why they are used in natural areas. This event is for anyone interested in helping with burns or those who are interested in learning more about them.

Prescribed or controlled burning is sometimes used in forest management, farming, or prairie restoration. Controlled burning stimulates the germination of some desirable forest trees, thus renewing the forest.

'Tis the Season to Hang on to Reason!

Learn why we spend the way we do during these coming months, followed by a discussion of how to find alternative ways to enjoy the holidays. Taught by renowned speaker & local budget guru, Kathryn Greiner, Director of Education at the University of Michigan Credit Union, these sessions are free and open to the public: Saturday, November 2, 10:00-11:30 AM and Thursday, November 7, 6:00-7:30 PM. Pre-registration is required. Click here to pre-register. Both sessions will be held at the University of Michigan Credit Union, 4440 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, between Wagner and Zeeb Roads.

Birding By Ear and Beyond Interpretive Program "Hunters of the Sky"

You are invited to attend an exclusive interpretive program called "Hunters of the Sky" this Sunday, November 3rd at 3pm at the Leslie Science Center in Ann Arbor! To register for this event, please e-mail Amy Shepherd amyshep4@gmail.com. Registration is free, thanks to a special donation from the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club! Drop-ins are also welcome.

Along with investigating this extraordinary center for nature programming there will also be an exclusive interpretive program called “Hunters of the Sky," presented by nationally acclaimed Birding By Ear and Beyond program director, Donna Posont, a Student Naturalist, at the University of Michigan Dearborn. This will be a unique opportunity for blind participants, as well as their sighted friends and family, to get up close and personal with the protected raptors that live at the Lesley Science Center. The program will last about an hour, but there will be time before and after to explore the facility on your own.

This event is sponsored in part by the University of Michigan Dearborn; National Federation of the Blind of Michigan; Ann Arbor Host Lions Club; and Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments.

Blind Americans Equality Day 2013

From the Office of the Press Secretary of the White House comes a Presidential Proclamation- today is Blind Americans Equality Day 2013. Originally named White Cane Safety Day in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, this day is a national observance in the United States. In 2011, White Cane Safety Day was also named Blind Americans Equality Day by President Barack Obama. The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the importance of full access and opportunity.

Pediatric Support Group for Parents and Families of Children with Eye Disease and Visual Impairment


The University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center is hosting a pediatric support group for parents and families of children with eye disease and visual impairment on Saturday, November 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This support group is open to all parents and families of children with eye disease and visual impairment. The meeting is free but registration is required. Bring your questions! In addition to presentations, the program includes time for group discussion and Q&A sessions. Childcare and a continental breakfast will be provided. Parking is free. For more information please contact: Karen Norman at 734.764.4163.

Take a Hike@ Barton Nature Area

Thursday May 8, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Barton Nature Area

This event is intended for all ages

The City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation staff will lead a Spring nature walk in Barton Nature Area, a 102 acre park with wonderfully diverse natural features.

The park is in two sections: the larger is known locally as the oxbow, and connects to Argo Nature Area; the smaller is known as Foster, and is accessible only by boat from Barton Pond. The main trail in the oxbow is wood-chipped, and connects the two bridges that lead to the parking area. Most of this area is open field, but some areas are shrubby, and lower wet areas support sedges and marsh plants. Foster has a small trail through a relatively open woodland on its eastern side.

We'll meet in the parking lot off of Huron Drive just north of the intersection with Bird Road.

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