Van Buren Conservation District

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 through partnerships, providing public education, demonstrations, and technical assistance while working together for future generations.

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

Volunteer Appreciation & Work Opportunity

Mark your calendars for our Volunteer Appreciation & Work Opportunity event at Thunderfoot Farm!   The VBCD welcomes past, present, and future volunteers to join us for a fun event on the farm! We will have food, information on volunteer opportunities for the year, and fun farm activities. Choose how you wish to participate. Come out to talk to the staff, watch sheep being shorn and grafting demonstrations, plant fruit trees and herb starters, and leave with giveaways! Registration is required. We look forward to seeing

Volunteer with Us: Macroinvertebrate Stream Monitoring

Stream Monitoring: Volunteer with Us! Help monitor our water’s health through the 10th annual macroinvertebrate stream monitoring event on May 5th! What is the macroinvertebrate stream monitoring? With volunteers and staff, we enter waterways to collect macroinvertebrates (bugs and the like) to monitor our water’s health. It is a fun experience! Who knew wearing waders and getting in nature was so cool? You don’t have to get into the water or have any experience. Just dress for the weather and walk in forested terrain. There

Farming for the Future 2024 – Session Descriptions Available

Farming for the Future is an annual educational event for local farmers and is a great opportunity to learn from agricultural specialists, educators, researchers, businesses, and other farmers. This year’s event is scheduled for March 13, 2024 at the Van Buren Conference Center from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. This year, we will have Dr. Alan Franzluebbers as our keynote speaker. His research focuses on soil ecology and management for development of more sustainable agricultural systems. Alan has a Ph.D. and is a research ecologist for the

Join Us! 2024 Naturalist Events

The Van Buren Conservation District is excited to begin announcing our Naturalist Events with our partners. Join our naturalists during hikes and paddles! Learn about the world around you- plants, animals, insect, environments, and so much more. Ask questions, learn interest facts, and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors! Our first naturalist event is coming soon, and we’ll add more as the year goes on. We hope you’ll join us!  2 March 2024 | Winter Walk with a Naturalist | Partnering with Van Buren District


Events in August 2022

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July 31, 2022

Category: General
8:30 am: Healthy Water Week

August 1, 2022

Category: General
8:30 am: Healthy Water Week

August 2, 2022

Category: General
10:30 am: Hike with a Naturalist | Gobles Branch - Van Buren District Library

August 2, 2022

Category: General
10:30 am: Hike with a Naturalist 2023 | Gobles Branch - Van Buren District Library

August 2, 2022

Category: General
8:30 am: Healthy Water Week

August 3, 2022

Category: General
8:30 am: Healthy Water Week

August 4, 2022

Category: General
8:30 am: Healthy Water Week

August 5, 2022

Category: General
9:00 am: Van Buren Recycle Roundup Collection in South Haven

August 6, 2022

August 7, 2022
August 8, 2022
August 9, 2022

Category: General
4:30 pm: MAEAP Fruit Field Day

August 10, 2022

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August 18, 2022

Category: General
1:00 pm: Paddle with a Naturalist | VanAuken Lake Public Access | Bangor Branch - Van Buren District Library

August 19, 2022

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August 23, 2022

Category: General
10:00 am: VBCD August 24, 2022 Regular Board Meeting

August 24, 2022

Category: General
5:03 pm: Paddle with a Naturalist | Reynolds Lake Public Access | Lawrence Branch - Van Buren District Library

August 25, 2022

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  • All day 5:00 pm, May 31, 2024 – VBCD Board Director Nominating Petition(s) Due
  • 6:00 pm 7:30 pm, June 5, 2024 – VBC Local Working Group Meeting
  • 9:00 am 2:00 pm, June 15, 2024 – Van Buren Recycle Roundup Collection- Paw Paw
  • All day, June 19, 2024 – Juneteenth Holiday
  • 10:00 am 12:00 pm, June 26, 2024 – VBCD June 26, 2024 Regular Board Meeting
  • 3:00 pm 7:00 pm, June 26, 2024 – Passenger & Semi Tire and Electronics Collection: Keeler
  • All day, July 4, 2024 – Independence Day Holiday
  • 10:00 am 1:00 pm, July 15, 2024 – Large Tire Collection: Paw Paw