Seeking Garden Gang Volunteers
Do you enjoy working outdoors? Are you an admirer of a well-maintained garden? Join the Garden Gang and enjoy time outdoors maintaining Weir Farm National Historic Site's historic gardens that are admired by over 20,000 visitors a year! Weir Farm National Historic Site works with volunteers, partners, and garden clubs to continue the preservation of the park's magnificent historic gardens. You can be part of the preservation story by becoming a volunteer in the Garden Gang!
This is an exciting time at Weir Farm National Historic Site, as the park enters the final stages of the restoration of the Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio. These historic buildings will open to the public fully restored and furnished for the first time in the park's history in 2013, and visitors from around the world will come to see the buildings and admire the park's stunning cultural landscape including the historic Sunken and Secret Gardens. A restoration of this magnitude will only come along once in a park's lifetime, making now the perfect time to support your local national park by becoming a volunteer.
With the grand opening around the corner, Weir Farm National Historic Site is seeking friendly, reliable volunteers to assist in maintaining and restoring the park's historic gardens through the Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program. If you love gardening, spending time outdoors, or want to help preserve this National Park Service gem, join us in maintaining the beauty of your local national park! As a VIP at Weir Farm National Historic Site, you will be receive training and participate in a variety of enrichment opportunities, including a training session with park staff in April. Volunteers will be engaged in hands-on training and will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of Weir Farm National Historic Site. Volunteering with the Garden Gang is also an excellent opportunity for local garden clubs and Master Gardeners to get involved!
For more information about all of Weir Farm National Historic Site's volunteer opportunities or to get your garden club involved, please visit www.nps.gov/wefa/supportyourpark or contact Park Ranger Kristin Lessard at (203) 834-1896 ext. 11.
Weir Farm National Historic Site, the only National Park Service site dedicated to American painting, was home to three generations of American artists including Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism. Today, the 60-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation's finest remaining landscapes of American art. For more information about Weir Farm National Historic Site or the National Park Service, please visit www.nps.gov/wefa or call (203) 834-1896.
Did You Know?
The Land of Nod was the name given to his property, now preserved as Weir Farm National Historic Site, by Julian Alden Weir and his artist friends. Both Weir and Childe Hassam used the phrase to title works that were inspired by the local landscape.