On Saturday, April 5, 2014, volunteers from around the country will team up with the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) to help clean and restore America's historic Civil War battlefields, cemeteries and shrines. The nationwide effort—dubbed Park Day—will include nearly 80 historic sites in 24 states. On the same date, volunteers from within the Potomac River watershed will gather together to remove trash from the streams, trails, and roads within the watershed as part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation Potomac Watershed Cleanup.
Park Day and the Potomac Watershed Cleanup are annual hands-on preservation/conservation events where local groups and interested individuals can help with the maintenance, conservation, and restoration of Civil War sites and areas within the watershed that need trash removal.
Antietam National Battlefield is again participating in this year's Park Day and Potomac Watershed Cleanup activities. Volunteers are needed to plant wildflowers in restoration areas, and pick up trash along roads and trails. Antietam National Battlefield will provide tools and trash bags. Participants are asked to dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and wear sturdy shoes or boots. In addition, leather work gloves are strongly recommended. In the event that the weather is bad, the event will be postponed until Saturday, April 12, 2014. For more information and to pre-register, please contact Debbie Cohen at 301-432-2243 ext. 13 or Debbie_Cohen@nps.gov.
Work projects will begin at 9 AM and last until noon.
Registration starts at 8 AM.