NGP Community Groups

Accordion Body: 

Group Leader - Lorraine Horwitz

From houseplants to vegetable gardens, if you're interested in plants, our gardening community is the place for you! Our faculty advisor is Audrey Seasholtz, who has plenty of gardening experience to share! For those interested in outdoor gardening, we purchased a half-plot of land at County Farm Park to grow produce that will then be donated to Food Gatherers during the 2021-2022 school year. For indoor gardeners, we have plant swap events where plants can be exchanged for new and exciting finds! Our events include seed kit distributions, nursery day visits, terrarium building events, and even online tutorials and compiled resources to help plant enthusiasts of all skill levels start growing plants at home!

  • Friday May 14th: First day of gardening! Fenced in the plot and prepared the soil for planting. 
  • Saturday May 15th:  Nursery Day! We met at Turner's nursery at 11am and picked up plants for the garden. One plant per person. Snacks were provided and celebration afterward.


Outdoor Adventures
Accordion Body: 

Group Leader - Bethany Beekly

Sunshine, fresh air, birds, and green spaces have all been linked to improved mental health and perceived well-being! Besides, being outdoors is loads of fun and arguably a far more interesting way to get some exercise than working out in a gym (not to mention safer under current circumstances). We hope you’ll join us for a volunteer event, local nature walk, or camping trip this summer! Stay tuned for upcoming events: we will resume regular local walks starting in June, as well as at least one camping trip this summer for those who are vaccinated and comfortable being in a tent together.


Saturday, June 5: Arboretum and Peony Garden  The Peonies are in bloom!  It's time to check out the peony garden at the arboretum! This weekend will be HOT, so an early walk will be most pleasant. We will meet at the Arboretum entrance just off E Medical Center Drive (this is the entrance right by the peony garden) at 9am.


Saturday, June 12: Cherry Hill Nature Preserve; Cicadas! We're lucky here in Ann Arbor to have the one spot in Michigan to see the 17 year cicadas! I'm hopeful that next weekend will be the peak time for seeing and hearing the adults. It's a bit hard to gage but I've been checking periodically and I think next weekend we should definitely see some. Regardless, Cherry Hill is a really beautiful nature preserve with plenty of lovely trails and no matter how many cicadas are out, we will have a lovely walk! I'll be at the entrance at 11am with some trail snacks :) Note: parking is extremely limited here. If you plan to drive/need a ride, please contact me; we can work out carpooling.


Saturday, June 19: Welcome to Summer at Matthaei Botanical Gardens What better way to celebrate the summer solstice (June 20) than by enjoying the wildflowers and birds at Matthaei Botanical Gardens?! I'll be outside the visitor's center at 11am. 

Time and date TBD: Volunteer event at the Leslie Science and Nature Center? I am in touch with the volunteer coordinators at the Leslie Science and Nature Center trying to organize a time when a group from NGP Outdoors could help with weeding out invasive plants, planting natives, and possibly building some community components of the children's Nature Playscape they are working on. This will probably happen in mid to late June. If necessary, we may shift our walk at the botanical gardens to the last weekend in June and go to Leslie on the 19th. Stay tuned!

Accordion Body: 

Group Leader - Maxwell Ruckstuhl

The Tea Club provides tea, snacks, and opportunities for students to socialize in a casual environment. Tea is simultaneously calming and energizing, making it the perfect pick-me-up for grad students taking an afternoon break from lab or classes. Participants are also exposed to Chinese culture and history through detailed presentations about the teas they're drinking.

The NGP Tea Club hosted a tasting of Taiwanese-style milk teas on Sunday, June 13th at 11:00 in the courtyard outside of USB.


Upcoming Events:

Refreshing Cold-Brewed Teas

Making Booch: Aceto-Fermentation of Tea

Accordion Body: 

Group Leader - Katie Emery

This is most definitely open to all skill levels, we just like running around in the sun. Summer students you are welcome to join  :) 

If you're interested in playing pickup soccer with the NGP, take a moment to fill out Timeslots that are Good. Ignore the dates and just pretend you're filling it out for a normal week this summer.