What’s Happening: Weekend activities in the Ann Arbor parks

Ann Arbor Farmers Market
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open for onsite sales Saturday, March 6, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., located at 315 Detroit St. We have a new mead vendor joining us, Maniacal Mead from Ypsilanti! You will also find apples, apple cider, lettuce, microgreens, carrots, radishes, cabbage, greens, onions, garlic, herbs, squash, turnips, poultry, eggs, meat, cheese, bread, pastries, baked goods, coffee, olive oil, Polish food, Mediterranean food, pasties, goat products, houseplants, candles, jewelry, masks, body care products and more! Preordering from select vendors continues with curbside or walk-in pickup, 8 a.m.-noon. For preorders, contact the vendor directly from our directory. We are accepting cash, and tokens for credit cards and SNAP/EBT/P-EBT are available at our market office window. While shopping and picking up preorders, please follow all physical distancing and safety guidelines posted and communicated by market staff. All vendors, market staff and customers are required to wear masks. You’ll find additional information on our website.

A2 Park Walk of the week
Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation is inviting you to get outside and take more walks in nature. You can enjoy the featured walks on your own, or come to the hosted events. No registration is necessary. Attend any hosted walk to pick up your walk challenge card for tracking and setting your walking goals. Earn a Visit Every Park knapsack after three walks. Be sure to tag us in your pictures using #a2parkwalks

Featured walk of the week

  • Saturday, March 6, 10-11 a.m. at Oakwood Nature Area
    Natural Area Preservation staff is inviting you to get outside and take more walks in nature. This 55-acre park is located in the far northeast corner of Ann Arbor. It is an undeveloped park with natural, unpaved trails sprawling throughout. Oakwoods Nature Area is home to an oak-hickory forest, several ponds and a surrounding wetland that make it a beautiful spot for a hike in any season. For the details about this walk and to download a map, visit the website.
  • Saturday, March 13, 1-2 p.m., Wheeler Park
    Hosted by Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Manager Colin Smith and City of Ann Arbor Civil Engineer Brian Slizewski, this park walk highlights a 1-mile loop that can be accessed from a few different parks. Begin the walk from Wheeler Park through the Allen Creek Berm tunnel to the Border-to-Border trail, over the Argo dam, past the Argo Cascades, over the Broadway Bridge to Summit Street for a return to Wheeler Park.

Staff encourages you to complete a survey after each walk for feedback. Please remember to wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart from others outside your household.

Natural Area Preservation (NAP) Stewards’ Circle
Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network’s Huron Arbor cluster Tuesday, March 9, 7:30-8:30 a.m. for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Click here to join the meeting via Zoom. We will be talking with Ginny Trocchio from the Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program about progress and accomplishments in their programs, and future plans.

NAP Stewardship Workday Saturday, March 13, 1-4 p.m.
Onder Nature Area. This park is an important link in a series of parks that create a green corridor stretching from Black Pond Woods Nature Area to Barton Nature Area across the northern part of Ann Arbor. Join staff to remove invasive species from the park to keep this corridor happy and healthy for park users and wild critters alike! Preregistration is required here. Participants must wear a mask and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others at all times. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes and leather work gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided. Meeting location will be provided during registration.

Summer camp registration opens Monday, March 15, midnight
City of Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Services has been working hard to plan how to safely operate in-person river day camps and pool camps during the summer of 2021. The safety of campers and staff are a top priority, and the state-licensed camps will abide by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, governmental recommendations and regulations. Staff is working with the State of Michigan and Washtenaw County to best understand the regulations and how to offer and implement safe and engaging camp experiences. Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation is looking forward to offering camps again this summer! Details are available on the camp webpage, with registration opening Monday, March 15, at midnight.

As the City of Ann Arbor finalizes plans for upcoming programs, please take a moment to review your CivicRec account online. By reviewing your account prior to Monday, March 15, you will be able to register more efficiently and lessen potential for issues. Items to check include home address, birth dates of participants, contact information and residency status. If you find any issues with your account, please email a2parks@a2gov.org for assistance. Due to COVID-19, staff is working remotely and may not be readily available once registration opens. If during the registration process, you encounter an issue with residency or rates, we encourage you to complete the registration process to secure your spot then contact customer service, a2parks@a2gov.org. Your email will receive a response within two business days. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Cook with us and Storypoint
Have you ever wanted to be a chef? Now is your chance! StoryPoint will handle the shopping for you. Staff will provide all of the gourmet ingredients measured out to the right portion size for a meal for two. Included in your meal prep package will be a recipe card for future meal making and a link to the cooking demonstration so you can move at your own pace. Pick up your meal package at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Road, Monday, March 29, 1-1:30 p.m. This is a drive-thru event, so staff will do the heaving lifting for you. Cost is $8. You must RSVP to Brittany Ruthven at BRuthven@a2gov.org by Tuesday, March 23, to let staff know that you’re coming and pay in advance.

Mind matters
Every Wednesday starting March 3, 10-11 a.m., join us for fun brain exercises that are designed to keep your brain young, strong, agile and adaptable. No experience necessary – just bring a pen, paper and an open mind! Join the Zoom meeting here. Meeting ID: 947 2633 1603. Passcode: 739714. For more information call, 734.794.6250. Free.

Trivia time! Wednesdays 4-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 7-7:30 p.m.
Presented by the Ann Arbor District Library, local sisters Katie and Abbie throw out themed questions for anyone to answer in the YouTube chat box. View online. For more information call, 734.327.4200. Free.