National Park Week Activities In Lowell April 18 -24, 2010
LOWELL, MA — Throughout the United States, the National Park Service is celebrating National Park Week, April 18-24. In conjunction with National Park Week and Earth Day, Lowell National Historical Park and partners are getting out and getting ready for spring. "National Park Week and Earth Day are a perfect opportunity to celebrate the commitment by volunteers to the stewardship of this City's unique historic landscape," stated Peter Aucella, acting Park Superintendent. Please join in for the several hands-on events and special programs scheduled:
Keep Lowell Beautiful Community Gardens Greenhouse Earth Day on Sunday, April 18, 12 noon to 4 p.m.: 4th Annual Earth Day Festival at the Community Gardens Greenhouse celebrating the environment and partnerships in Lowell. Students from the Park-sponsored First Bloom Project will host participating national parks and agencies. Events include music and craft activities celebrating the opening of the planting season and other happenings during the week.
Corporate Clean-up on Thursday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:
MBTA Earth Day Tour: Earth Day 1800, Thursday, April 22, 11:15 a.m.:
Composting Workshop, Thursday, April 22, 11:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m.: Learn the art of composting during this “hands –on” workshop. Lunch will be provided.
Lowell Travelogue Series: John Muir National Historic Site, Thursday, April 22, 2:30 p.m: John Muir convinced President Teddy Roosevelt to protect Yosemite (including Yosemite Valley), Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as National Parks. Learn of his many accomplishments during his lifetime that relate to the National Park system of today.
Earth Day Clean-up on Saturday, April 24, 8 a.m. to 1:00 pm: Come dressed to get dirty and make a dent in a winter’s worth of litter and debris along our canals and waterways! Pre-registration for this event by calling the Lowell National Historical Park volunteer office at 978-275-1740 or emailing at: Lowell_NHP_Volunteers@nps.gov
Waterpower in Lowell Tour 2:30 p.m. “Water Power in Lowell,” a free walking tour at Francis Gate Complex, will be presented by Dr. Malone. Author or “Waterpower in Lowell: Engineering and Industry in Nineteenth-Century America”, Dr. Patrick M. Malone has captured an in-depth account of the history and personalities behind this exceptional facet of Lowell.
Volunteer Appreciation Event 4:30-6:30 p.m. Capping off National Park Week, Volunteer Appreciation is the highlight of all the work dedicated volunteers perform for the benefit of Lowell National Historical Park. Please join us in recognizing several outstanding Park volunteers. This year’s recipients for Lifetime Achievement are: Pauline Golec, Louise Sweet and the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society and the recipients for Volunteer of the Year are: Miriam Perkins and Barry Green.
All events are rain-or-shine.
Co-sponsors: Keep Lowell Beautiful; Lowell Canalwaters Cleaners; Community Gardens Greenhouse; Lowell Celebrates Kerouac; Spindle City Corps; Middlesex Community College.
Great Photo Opportunities
Did You Know?
The Boyden Observatory of Bloemfontein, South Africa owes its existence to Uriah Boyden who left over $200,000 at his death in 1879. Mr. Boyden, an inventor, patented an outward flow turbine. He sold it to the Appleton Mills in Lowell, MA where he worked, home of Lowell National Historical Park.