Bringing Conservation to Cities at Tollgate in Novi, $25

Evenings in the Garden is a series of classes on a wide variety of topics for the home gardener, taught by local and regional experts in their field.

All classes are held at the beautiful, historical MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. -- $25 each class -- Refreshments will be served

Classes begin in our Conference Center and continue outdoors - weather permitting - to enjoy and learn from our extensive gardens and grounds. Please dress for the weather. Arrive early for best seating.

Sign up for one or more classes. Advance registration is required. Space is limited - register early! Cancellations fewer than 10 business days to the start date of the class will result in a $10 cancellation fee.

Bringing Conservation to Cities
Dr. John Hartig


This evening, we have a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the watery world around us and our relationship to it. Dr. John Hartig’s most recent book, Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management Society, 2014), is the story of how the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is making nature part of everyday urban life. It focuses on inspiring and developing the next generation of conservationists in cities, since 80% of U.S. and Canadian citizens live in urban areas. John is a limnologist with 30 years of experience in environmental science and natural resource management. He is the Refuge Manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, North America’s only international wildlife refuge. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/detroit_river/
He is also a board member of Detroit River Front Conservancy. He wrote Burning Rivers: Revival of Four Urban-Industrial Rivers that Caught on Fire, as well as authoring or co-authoring over 100 publications on the Great Lakes. John has received a number of awards for his work, including the 2003 Anderson-Everett Award from the International Association for Great Lakes Research and the 1993 Sustainable Development Award for Civic Leadership from Global Tomorrow Coalition.