We believe that

You belong out here.

we believe that

you belong out here

Grand Rapids has 76 amazing parks - there is space for everyone!

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Become a Neighborhood Forester

Through the “Neighborhood Forester” program, we provide four free classes on these topics led by Friends’ trained urban forest staff and arborists.

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Adopt a Park

It takes many hands to preserve our parks. We are looking for families, organizations, groups, and businesses to help keep our parks looking great! 

Plant a Tree

We want to plant thousands of trees every year, and we'll need a lot of friends to help plant them. Join us for a tree planting or buy a tree from our team!


From park activation to hosting tree planting events, we have so many opportunities to volunteer for you, your organization, or your company!


Donations fund park activation, volunteer opportunities, and tree plantings! You love our parks now? Imagine what more we can do with your support!

Upcoming Events

Apr 1st 12:00am - 11:59pm

Invasive Species Workshop with Kent County Conservation District

Invasive Species Workshop: Adopt-A-Park in partnership with Kent County Conservation District Come learn with the Friends team and the Kent County Conservation District how to…
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Apr 15th 12:00am - 11:59pm

It’s My Park Day: City-Wide Park Clean-Up

Join us for the second annual It's My Park Day: City-wide Park Clean-up in partnership with the West Grand Neighborhood Association's West Side Clean-up event…
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Apr 28th - Apr 29th 12:00am - 11:59pm

ArborFest Spring Community-Wide Planting

We're kicking off our spring tree planting season with ArborFest in partnership with the Mayor's Greening Initiative. Calling all volunteers for our springtime community-wide tree planting…
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Recent Blog Posts

We will begin reviewing applications January 9, 2023 Reports to: Community Forest Project Manager Hours: Full-time (40+ hours per week, some evenings and weekends required)… Read More
Everyone experiences parks differently. Some enjoy the playgrounds and active places, while others enjoy being closer to nature and walking amongst the trees.As an organization,… Read More
  The last day of September and the first of October brought out sunny clear skies, and the perfect temperatures for planting trees. With over… Read More