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Employment History

Parks Horticulturist
Genesee County Parks

Recreation Commission

Very Own Horticulturist
Recreation Commission


Arboretum's New Horticulturist


Board Member
Keep Genesee County Beautiful


Bachelor of Science Degree
Michigan Technological University

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Fun Stuff to do at For-Mar

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Genesee County Parks Horticulturist, Brian Van Patten, will discuss proper tree pruning techniques and practices.

Keep Genesee County Beautiful - Board Members

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Brian VanPatten - Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission

Fun Stuff to do at For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum

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Presented by Brian VanPatten, Horticulturist, Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission. For adults, ages 16 and older. Bring a sack lunch. Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost: $15 per person. Pre-registration required by 11/06/08. Reservations: 810-736-7100 ext. 6. Details: 810-789-8568.

Presented by Erin Caudell and Brian VanPatten.

Park Director's Blog

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Brian VanPatten: the horticulturist with a heart

For 17 hours and 18 minutes, until 4:33 a.m., in temperatures ranging from a high of 30 degrees to wind chills of 15 degrees, the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission's very own horticulturist, Brian VanPatten, played Cupid, hosting the "Cold Hands, Warm Hearts Tree Hugging Contest.

For-Mar Nature Preserve: Winter 2001 Field Notes

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We would like to introduce our arboretum's new horticulturist, Brian VanPatten.He and his wife have lived in the Flint area for five years and Brian comes to us from the City of Flint, Parks and Forestry Division.He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from Michigan Technological University in Houghton.He is a certified arborist and registered forester and is looking forward to working within the Genesee County Parks System.

For me, one of the surest signs that winter is almost over is the black silhouette in the sky gliding in a lazy circle, occasionally "bobbling" a bit to correct course and catch the prevailing thermal air current.Wings extended in a shallow V, wingtips separated into "fingers," head so small it seems to be borrowed from another bird, the turkey vulture looks for its lunch.It's seeking carrion, a dead animal hit by a car or a leftover from winter.We now know that to find its food the vulture literally follows its nose. (Therein lies a hilarious tale.See David Attenborough's wonderful Life of Birds for a historic controversy: does sight or sound guide the vulture to its meal?)

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