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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What’s Happening Now

Spring has arrived at Greenview! Keep an eye out for the signs of the season: blooming wildflowers, budding trees, the songs of frogs, and birds busy nesting.

Many active management activities take place in the spring, including controlled burns, invasive species removal, path maintenance, and cleanup, along with improvements in the demonstration gardens.

Pioneer Woods

Spring is magical at Pioneer Woods. As temperatures climb, the forest floor bursts with life as spring ephemerals emerge. Keep an eye out for Yellow Trout Lilies, Spring Beauties, and Broad-leaved Toothwort. These early blooms are vital food sources for the first pollinators. Later in the season, watch for Jack-in-the-Pulpits, wild Geraniums, and colonies of Mayapples.

Stewardship Activities / 2024

In 2024 the Friends of Greenview and Pioneer Nature Area will be actively involved in various stewardship activities to restore and enhance the natural features and beauty of this wonderful community open space. The generous donations and grants allow us to engage a professional consultant to advise us, conduct restoration projects, and guide our overall strategy to improve the nature area. The funds also enable us to buy native seeds and plants that we will install throughout the Greenview site. Friends of Greenview organizes community work days and educational events throughout the season.

Volunteer Work Hour / May 11, 2024

FOG coordinated a volunteer work hour that saw a great turnout of dedicated volunteers. Their efforts made substantial progress in path maintenance throughout the nature area. Wood chips were distributed along trails near the Pioneer Woods Glen Leven entrance, around wet areas neighboring Greenview Pond, and along paths in the Pollinator Garden. This event was dedicated to honoring Jim Rogers, our former Park Steward, whose commitment to park stewardship and volunteerism left an indelible mark on Greenview/Pioneer Woods. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our enthusiastic volunteers for generously contributing their time, tools, and energy to these projects, and for their invaluable role in strengthening the Greenview community.

Planting Swamp Oaks / April 10, 2024

Friends of Greenview purchased four Swamp White Oaks for the Glen Leven entrance to Pioneer Woods. We thank the students from the Pioneer High School Plant Club for joining us on April 26 to plant these trees. The students also spread woodchips and underplanted the oaks with native sedges and wildflowers. Their enthusiasm and hard work were truly appreciated!

Prescribed burn / April 10, 2024

This year the burn concentrated in areas north of the main path. Controlled burns are a crucial part of our conservation efforts. Carefully planned and controlled fire helps us manage vegetation in a way that discourages weeds but encourages desirable plants, promoting the overall well-being of the ecosystem.

To enhance the Greenview meadow, Friends of Greenview volunteers have broadcasted native flower seeds across the burnt sections of the meadow. Overseeding, following the prescribed burn, aims to boost the diversity of native prairie plants. Seed mixes were purchased from Michigan Flower Farm, and also collected from our nature area last fall. Over the winter, the Friends also overseeded areas burnt the previous spring, continuing their efforts to improve the density and diversity of native plants in those sections.

Edible Demonstration Garden cleanup and improvements / March 2024

As part of early spring cleanup in Greenview Edible Demonstration Garden, Friends of Greenview volunteers trimmed back the Hazelnut and American Elderberry shrubs. They also planted new apple trees in the adjacent mini-orchard: Wickson Crab, Enterprise, and Dolgo Crab. These new additions will complement the existing collection of fruit trees.

Removal of buckthorn around the pond and volunteer work hour / March 2024

Friends of Greenview continues to clear invasive buckthorn. We used donations we received to hire environmental consultant to cut back invasive buckthorn in the area east of the Greenview pond.

FOG also organized a volunteer work hour on March 16 to help drag buckthorn limbs to the curb for disposal. We thank our enthusiastic volunteers who helped with this project.

Ann Arbor Farm & Garden Awards Grant to FOG / March 2024

This March Friends of Greenview and Pioneer Nature Area received a grant from Ann Arbor Farm and Garden. This funding will help us conduct a controlled burn in Central Meadow, hire goats to manage buckthorn, and purchase native plants and seeds for the Pollinator Garden. Thank you, Ann Arbor Farm and Garden, for your generous support! You can read more on A2 G& G website: https://www.annarborfarmandgarden.org

Pollinator Demonstration Garden

Looking Back at 2023

Click here to learn more about Friends of Greenview and Pioneer Nature Area accomplishments in 2023.