Tax deductible contributions to the Green Ribbon Initiative will be used to support education and stewardship work in the Oak Openings Region.
Each May, the partners of the Green Ribbon Initiative assemble a wide array of programs to encourage people to get out into the amazing region that we have right here in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. This globally unique region is home to a wide variety of plants and animals such as wild blue lupine, Karner blue butterflies, blue spotted salamanders, big and little bluestem, blueberries, bluebirds, blue racers and much, much more. The programs offered each year are assembled to encourage people to get out and explore the region and inform them of how diverse and important the region is.
We have an exciting schedule of events that includes presentations from local experts and researchers, live wildflower tours and animal time, Q&A sessions with native plant experts, crafts for kids and more. Full Schedule here
Designing Your Native Garden (Sunday)
Designing Your Native Garden (Saturday)
Participate in one of the following GRI Blue Week games for a chance to win a Green Ribbon Initiative T-shirt. Double your chances by completing both challenges! Submit your entries to email@example.com by 11:59 pm on May 18th to be entered into the raffle. 10 winners will be announced on May 20th. Print Adventures Here
Visit 8 of any of the parks or preserves in the Oak Openings Region during Blue Week and take a selfie of you with the following Oak Openings icons. Put all of your photos on one document with the date and location of each and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win Oak Openings gear. **Please be respectful of nature while participating and stay on designated trails.
Visit 8 of 11 participating parks during Blue Week and read the fun fact about a special Oak Openings species. Fill out this Form and submit it to email@example.com for a chance to win an Oak Openings gear.