Thursday, April 8, 2021
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Wondering how to grow native plants with students? Curious about how the Anishinaabe people value and use native plants? Want to know more about other native plant student projects happening in the region? Join us for a Native Plant Workshop that will explore these questions, and provide the knowledge and resources to get you started or moving along in your native plant endeavors. Register at by Monday, April 5. 

This workshop is designed to equip K-12 teachers with:

  • Knowledge and resources about the ecological function and importance of native plants
  • Knowledge about the role of native plants in Anishinaabe culture, including natural fiber artistry
  • Methods for native plant propagation, including techniques to use in greenhouses
  • Details about ongoing student stewardship projects including native plant propagation, rain gardens, and bioswales.

A panel of community partners and educators from around Michigan will share their knowledge and perspective on working with native plants. These panelists include:

  • Patricia Osburn, District Manager & Native Plant Nursery Manager, Otsego Conservation District
  • Renee "Wasson" Dillard, Anishinaabe Natural Fiber Artist and Educator
  • Phyllis Higman, Senior Conservation Scientist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory
  • Luke Freeman, Au Gres-Sims School District Teacher, Native Plant Propagation, Rain Garden & Bioswale Project Leader

Workshop will be held virtually through Zoom.