What is a tick? Ticks are parasitic arachnids that attach themselves to a host and have the ability to transmit diseases. They are external parasites and survive by feeding on the blood of other animals. They have oval-like bodies and four pairs of legs. Are they dangerous? Not all ticks are dangerous, but you should remain cautious and vigilant in removing them from your body because they have the potential to carry diseases.

Cops and Bobbers at Ottawa Sands

Come join us! July 18, 5:30-8 pm | Ottawa Sands County Park Cops and Bobbers is a fishing event designed to bring Ottawa County Sheriff’s and Ottawa County parks employees alongside local youth, with a goal of introducing kids to fishing, conservation, water safety, and promoting general relationships building between the County and the people we serve.
What’s the scoop? Ottawa County Parks and Recreation has been working with Karina White, a biology and A.P. environmental science teacher from Jenison High School (JHS), for almost a decade through the Adopt-A-Park program.  When White decided to attend Grand Valley State University for a master’s degree in biology, she sought a project that would involve her students in research and benefit the parks.

Red Pine Management

Pigeon River Greenway Red pine (Pinus resinosa) is one of the most common pine trees in Michigan. There are over 1.6 million acres of red pine forests in our state, and despite being at the very southern range of this northern pine, Ottawa County hosts its fair share. Why were red pines planted here? Much of the red pine found in Michigan was planted plantation-style by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.

Zee Bus

Updated on: June 13, 2022 Thursdays throughout the summer Upper Macatawa Natural Area 10:30 am-12:30 pm • 11 am Nature Activity June 16 June 23 June 30 July 14 July 21 July 28 August 4 August 11 Full Summer Schedule: