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Contact: Andrew Lowe, 203-834-1896 ext. 11On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Weir Farm National Historic Site will host a volunteer invasive plant pull followed by old fashioned apple cider making from 8:45 am to 2:00 pm in celebration of National Public Lands Day. Volunteers will assist National Park Service staff in habitat restoration, removing invasive plants such as Garlic Mustard and Japanese Barberry from the woodlands in the morning. Then they will make apple cider and enjoy the fresh drink to end the day!
Tools, gloves, and water will be provided. Proper attire for the activity includes sturdy closed toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and hats. Sunscreen, insect repellent, and a water bottle are recommended. Please bring a brown bag lunch for yourself. This event will take place rain or shine.
Registration for this event is required and space is limited to 20 participants. To register or for more information, please call Volunteer Coordinator, Andrew Lowe, at (203) 834-1896 ext. 11. This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for ages 13 and up, with parent or guardian supervision required for participants less than 18 years of age. Prior to the event, volunteer agreement forms must be signed by each volunteer, or their legal guardian if less than 18 years of age. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to protect public lands at Weir Farm National Historic Site!
National Public Lands Day is organized nationwide by the National Environmental Education Foundation, a foundation chartered by Congress in 1990 to advance environmental knowledge and action. The annual event educates Americans about critical environmental and natural resources issues, builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community, and improves public lands for outdoor recreation. National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. In 2013, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,237 sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. For more information on National Public Lands Day events in Connecticut, visit http://publiclandsday.org/
About Weir Farm National Historic Site. Designed and preserved by artists, Weir Farm National Historic Site welcomes everyone to experience the power of creativity, art, and nature.Escape to the only national park dedicated to American painting and rediscover the beauty of light and color in everyday life. Learn more at www.nps.gov/wefaand visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/WeirFarmNHS, YouTube www.youtube.com/WeirFarmNHS, and Instagram @WeirFarmNHS.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 408 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.