Riverfest Flows On! Online Auction and Virtual Paddle Raise through September 3, 2020

Grass River Natural Area’s 2020 Riverfest continues online with an auction and virtual paddle raise through 11:00 pm on Thursday, September 3rd.

There are nearly 70 items to bid on with a total value of over $20,000. Successful bidders may find themselves taking a three-hour private sail on the America’s Cup yacht, Stars and Stripes, playing golf at one of several courses, dining at various area restaurants, or at a private Italian dinner prepared for six guests, wearing beautiful jewelry, or admiring a new piece of artwork on your wall.

GRNA naturalists stepped up to offer private hikes, kayak and pontoon tours, and plant identification. Local retailers supplied gift cards and items, and a Bellaire woodworker donated five pieces of heirloom quality furniture to bid on.

To participate follow this link. /Riverfest2020 (Please note: The R in Riverfest must be capitalized for the link to work properly).

The proceeds from the auction and paddle raise will be used to continue the protection of GRNA land and provide opportunities for all ages to learn about and appreciate the natural world.  Additional information can also be found at

As of Monday, August 24th, a total of $12,700 has been donated during the first week of the three week Paddle Raise. That is 34% of the goal of $35,600.

Longtime GRNA supporters have offered a generous donation in hopes that others would step up and match their gift of $5,000. When asked about the importance of this match, a spokesperson for this generous family said, “Grass River Natural Area has been important to our family for many years and we want to see it continue to thrive and serve many more families in the future.” Donations will be matched 1:1 up to the $5,000 max. These funds will be instrumental in ensuring that GRNA is able to continue normal operations in the absence of paid programming. It will also help keep the Grass River Center open and staffed daily through the fall and winter for the enjoyment of the hundreds of visitors who will explore the trails.

As an added benefit, during this campaign Grass River Natural Center is offering the following donor incentives:

$250 – $499               GRNA Water bottle and patch
$500 – $999               Copy of new field guide
$1,000 – $1,499          Copy of new field guide + Wetland Walks Book
$1,500 – $2,499          Guided walk with a GRNA naturalist for up to 6 people
$2,500 – $4,999          A private, guided two (2) hour kayak or pontoon trip for up to 6 people on the Grass River
$5,000 +                     A private, guided four (4) hour pontoon boat ride through the Chain of Lakes for up to 6 people with snacks and beverages