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Welcome! Friends of Greenview and Pioneer Nature Area is a group of neighbors who have joined together to care for the Greenview and Pioneer Woods Nature Area, a wonderful park and natural open space along South 7th Street and Scio Church Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Annual Fundraiser

The Friends of Greenview and Pioneer Nature Area annual fundraiser is underway!

We invite your participation in helping to maintain and enhance this beautiful park. Your donations will support our 2023 stewardship activities at Greenview, including prescribed burns, tree and wild flower installations, and trail maintenance.

Over the last two years we started planting a new quarter-acre pollinator garden, which we plan to expand next summer. This year’s contributions will be targeted towards soil preparation, purchasing wildflower seed, and maintaining the new garden area


The Friends of Greenview and Pioneer Nature Area is a 501(c)(3).

Please browse our website to learn more about our organization and our park, and to see what Friends of Greenview and Pioneer Nature Area accomplished in 2022 with the help of interns and volunteers, and supported by the generous contributions we received last year.

Looking Back at 2022

Look at what Friends of Greenview and Pioneer Nature Area have accomplished in 2022. Stewardship activities were made possible by the generous support of our volunteers and donors.

Stewardship Activities

Pollinator Garden Maintenance and Expansion

Areas of the pollinator garden planted last year were weeded and controlled for agressive non-natives.

This summer The Friends hired expert consultants to prepare a new ¼ acre plot to extend the existing pollinator garden. The area was tilled and solarized with plastic and covered with woodchips to control non-native plants such as Canada thistle.

Water management

One of this year’s goals was to improve drainage in the many areas of the park that develop standing water.  In June the area north of the community garden was regraded by contractor to eliminate trapped water collecting in low areas. In the future, the redirected water will be used to make a rain garden northeast of the community gardens.  Grass seed and straw mulch has been added to the disturbed areas. 

In July, park steward, Dave, built culverts in Pioneer Woods to channel water off trails after heavy rains.

Trail Maintenance and Improvements

Park steward and interns enhanced trail entrances and improved trails near the Glen Leven park entrance. They spread woodchips on trails throughout the park.

Invasive Plant Removal

The Friends continued ongoing work to remove buckthorn and other weedy plants throughout the area. Park steward, Dave, cleared away invasives around the base of landmark and trees.

Goatscaping

This May, The Friends hired goats to help control invasive plants at the park. Our goatscaping herd worked a weedy section of the park that we have designated high priority for restoration. Five Boer goats browsed an area just east of the Project Grow Community Garden. The goats were confined by a temporary fence during their week-long stay, May 23-30.

Goatscaping is an ecologically beneficial and chemical free method for controlling weeds and restoring healthy landscapes. Goats love eating new shoots and leaves of problem plants such as buckthorn, honeysuckle, and poison ivy. This helps to weaken and eliminate these invasive plants and clear overgrown areas.

Planting of Serviceberries

On April 29, in commemoration of Arbor Day, The Friends in partnership with Pioneer High School Sustainability Club planted six Amalanchier serviceberry trees.  The trees, planted along South Seventh, north of Scio Church Rd, will add seasonal interest to the park with spring blooms, summer berries and brilliant fall color. 

Spring Prescribed Burn

A controlled burn in March left blackened patches on parts of the meadow. The Friends hired expert consultants to burn portions of the Greenview meadow to suppress invasive shrubs and encourage native wildflowers and grasses.

Different sections of the meadow are burned on alternating years to encourage native species, enrich the soil, remove dead thatch and supress invasives. Each year we have seen greater concentrations of wildflowers and native grasses as a result of these burns and the no-mow practices adopted by Friends.

In just a few weeks the burnt sections of the meadow turned green and were filled with grasses and colorful wildflowers. Watch the meadows bloom and observe butterflies and other insects this summer as you enjoy your walks in the park.

Butterfly and Wildflower Tour

Friends of Greenview and Pioneer Nature Area, in conjunction with Ann Arbor Farm & Garden, conducted a Butterfly/Wildflower tour on July 16. Over the years, Ann Arbor Farm & Garden has generously provided grants to Friends of Greenview and Pioneer Nature Area for meadow restoration and wildflower enhancement.

Site Walk with Bob Grese

In late September The Friends of Greenview board members conducted an informative site walk with Bob Grese, retired Director of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.  Bob brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience and the Friends asked for his input on a variety of meadow or woodland management challenges.  Bob suggested strategies for controlling invasives and aggressive tall grasses, and weeds in the newly established pollinator garden.  Bob also recommended planting options for the wet, heavy-clay area of the lower meadow.