Lansing’s Adopt a River program was organized by the BWL in 1994 to restore pride in one of our area’s great natural resources. Adopt a River encourages businesses, unions, schools and civic groups to adopt sections of the Grand and Red Cedar rivers and to keep their banks and nearby areas clean and free from litter.
The BWL continues to provide support for the Adopt a River event held each spring. The community is invited to participate and enjoy a picnic lunch along the Grand River following the clean-up.
In 2006, Impression 5 Science Center first partnered with the BWL to coordinate Adopt a River and is now the headquarters for the event at 200 Museum Drive in Lansing. This partnership provides opportunities to broaden and enhance the program, including free admission to Impression 5 Science Center the day of river clean-up for volunteers.
Adopt a River also has a picnic lunch for all our volunteers following the clean-up, a tree-giveaway and hosts an Environmental Fair in the parking lot of Impression 5 Science Center. The tree-giveaway is part of the BWL’s “Plant a Tree in the Right Place” program and volunteers are encouraged to take home Norway Spruce Saplings or 6 foot ornamental trees. The Environmental Fair includes exhibits from local organizations like Potter Park Zoo, Fenner Nature Center, Dart Container and Granger. These exhibits focus on local Grand River ecology, local fauna, green energy and community volunteerism. Kids can pick up their free activity passport and by completing the activities they will receive a patch.
Since the program began, nearly 500 Adopt a River volunteers each year have cleared thousands of pounds of litter from the rivers and banks. They’re a major reason why Lansing resources are being returned to their natural beauty and why the event has been award winning, setting an example for other communities to follow.
For more information or to sign up for the next river cleanup, please call: Erik Larson, Impression 5 Science Center, 485-8116 ext. 43 or visit www.impression5.org.