Van Buren Conservation District

Covid-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent uptick in cases in Michigan, the Van Buren Conservation District is primarily working from home. Email is the best way to reach us, as we are checking voicemails infrequently. Please visit the staff link to obtain the staff member's email address that is appropriate for your inquiry. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we do our part to keep our staff and the rest of the community safe!

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The mission of the Van Buren Conservation District is to promote the conservation of natural resources.

Board Meetings are open to the public and are the fourth Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. The meetings start at 10:00 AM at the VBCD office (1035 E Michigan Ave., Paw Paw, MI 49079), unless otherwise noted.

Recent News

MAEAP Fruit Field Day

The Van Buren Conservation District (VBCD) is holding a MAEAP Fruit Field Day for fruit growers on August 10th from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM at Oxley Farms (29001 CR 358, Lawton, MI 49065). Attendees can expect free dinner and refreshments. The MAEAP Fruit Field Day brings together speakers from the VBCD who will discuss a wide range of topics concerning fruit farmers. Some topics that will be presented are the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), cover crops in fruit rows, Farm Bill cost-share

You’re Invited to Our Annual Meeting, Director Election, & Picnic!

We invite you and yours to our Annual Meeting, Director Election, & Summer Picnic on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 5:00 PM (with an optional tour of the fish hatchery at 4:30 PM)! The event is free and will include updates on district programs, award presentations director election, a picnic dinner, music, and mingling. We hope you’ll come have fun with us! Please RSVP (so we order enough food) by July 20 by calling 269-633-9054. RSVP Here!

Summer Education

This year, the VanBuren Conservation District is partnering with Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery to provide an outdoor educational experience for children ages 4-10. This program will take place at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery and will utilize all that the hatchery has to offer including fishing, pond studies, various educational hikes, scavenger hunts, nature journaling and tours of the facility. Parents/guardians are required to attend for the entirety of the program and provide their own transportation. The event will be from 10am-12pm on June

2022 Food, Farm, & Fun Guide Now Available!

The Van Buren Conservation District has brought back a longtime favorite; the Food, Farm & Fun Guide. The 2022 Van Buren County Food, Farm & Fun Guide showcases our county’s agricultural and recreational scene – now in a new way! The guide still highlights our region’s local food vendors, recreational farm businesses, and greenhouses as well as local festivals, and as a new addition this year, it also includes public green spaces. Food, Farm & Fun Guides can be found at three Michigan Welcome Centers

Events

Events in June 2022

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
May 29, 2022 May 30, 2022(1 event)

All day: Memorial Day

May 31, 2022 June 1, 2022 June 2, 2022 June 3, 2022 June 4, 2022
June 5, 2022 June 6, 2022 June 7, 2022 June 8, 2022 June 9, 2022 June 10, 2022 June 11, 2022(1 event)

9:00 am: Recycle Roundup Collection: Paw Paw

June 12, 2022 June 13, 2022 June 14, 2022 June 15, 2022 June 16, 2022 June 17, 2022 June 18, 2022
June 19, 2022 June 20, 2022(1 event)

All day: Juneteenth (Observed)

June 21, 2022 June 22, 2022(2 events)

10:00 am: VBCD June 22, 2022 Regular Board Meeting

10:00 am: Wednesdays at Wolf Lake | Week 1

June 23, 2022(2 events)

10:30 am: Hike with a Naturalist

10:30 am: Hike with a Naturalist | Bloomingdale Branch - Van Buren District Library

June 24, 2022 June 25, 2022
June 26, 2022 June 27, 2022(1 event)

1:00 pm: Summer Reading Fun at the Linking Center

June 28, 2022 June 29, 2022(1 event)

10:00 am: Wednesdays at Wolf Lake | Week 2

June 30, 2022 July 1, 2022 July 2, 2022
  • 10:00 am 12:00 pm, June 29, 2022 – Wednesdays at Wolf Lake | Week 2
  • All day, July 4, 2022 – Independence Day
  • 10:00 am 4:00 pm, July 9, 2022 – South Haven Garden Club Garden Walk
  • 10:00 am 1:00 pm, July 11, 2022 – Large Tire Collection: Paw Paw
  • 4:00 pm 7:00 pm, July 12, 2022 – Large Tire Collection: Paw Paw
  • 10:00 am 12:00 pm, July 13, 2022 – Wednesdays at Wolf Lake | Week 3
  • 3:00 pm 7:00 pm, July 18, 2022 – Passenger & Semi Tire and Electronics Collection: City of Hartford
  • 10:00 am 12:00 pm, July 20, 2022 – Wednesdays at Wolf Lake | Week 4
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