Workshops

The WMU Office for Sustainability hosts in-person and virtual workshops throughout the year. These workshops are designed for communities to share knowledge related to sustainability. Workshops are led by those with knowledge in the topic and are open to anyone interested coming in at any skill level. If one of the workshops focuses on something you want to learn more about, reserve your spot today! Detailed information about each workshop is listed below. 

All workshops and chats will be held at the Office for Sustainability or the Gibbs House. These events are for WMU students, staff and faculty.  Please see location details under each listed event. WMU students can register for these workshops at no cost. Bring your Bronco ID card for verification. For WMU staff and faculty, workshops cost are listed below — cash only. Parking for WMU students is available in lots near the Office for Sustainability. Gibbs House parking is free for all. Cycling is encouraged.

Seed Bombs

Facilitators: Avery and Miranda (Land Stewards)
Date and Time: Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 5 to 6 p.m.
Format: In-person – limited capacity (15 spots)
Location: Gibbs House – 4503 Parkview Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Cost: Free for WMU students. $10  for WMU staff and faulty. There are limited spaces available on a first come, first served basis. 

Details: This is a hands-on workshop that will educate participants on the effect that native wildflowers have on pollinators. Attendees will be provided with the materials and instructions to create their own “seed bomb” to take home. Seed bombs are made from seeds and paper and can be dropped on the ground to add new vegetation to an area.
 

REGISTER HERE 

Visible Mending

Facilitators: Avery and Katie (Land Stewards) 
Date and Time: Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.  
Format: In-person (subject to change) – limited capacity (8 spots)
Location: Office for Sustainability – 2529 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Cost: Free for WMU students. $10 for WMU staff and faculty. There are limited spaces on a first come, first served basis.

Details: This workshop serves to teach participants the techniques and principles of visible mending. Visible mending is a method of clothing repair that covers up holes, stains, and fitting issues in a creative, eye-catching way with techniques including embroidery and patching. Attendees are encouraged to bring any clothing items they wish to mend.

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Trash to Treasure

Facilitator: Parker (Woodshop Coordinator)  
Date and Time: Friday, Dec. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  
Format: In-person (subject to change) – limited capacity (10 spots)
Location: Office for Sustainability – 2529 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Cost: Free for WMU students. $10 for WMU staff and faculty. There are limited spaces on a first come, first served basis.

Details: This is an interactive workshop that shows attendees how to reconstruct used stools for furniture that they can use in their homes. Attendees will be taken through each construction step with room for personalization and individual design.

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