DESCRIPTION: (Wear appropriate clothing & bring water! Below are some special instructions: what to bring, relative difficulties, interesting features, & carpooling directions.)
Hello Environmental Volunteers,
This date is a change from the main event day of April 4th. We will be working down a long one lane road and want to avoid compounding the congestion of trout season opening day. My apologies for any inconvenience that this date change might cause. As we work on parking logistics, exact directions will be forthcoming.
We really hope that you can join us again this year!!! The more people we have, the more we can get done! We’ll be doing trash cleanup and invasive plant removal in the Yeatmans Station part of the Preserve. Instructions will be given before the work starts. And we will have people designated that you can ask if you have any questions. Participants age 16+. Top priorities are safety first while preserving the native area and plants. No power tools or chemicals will be used.
Activities will include: 1. Two small dump areas. Also walking through the woods (no trail) to find and remove trash. (Think of it as a “trash treasure hunt”.) Best to collect in buckets (that don’t tear) and then bring back to staging area. We have about a dozen bucked, but more will probably be needed. It’s useful to bring: full size or small shovels, prying tools, buckets, & wheelbarrows. 2. Digging out invasive non-native pachysandra and assorted other non-native plants. Do not remove any plants, except the ones identified!!! If in doubt, ask! It’s useful to bring: full size shovels, loppers, pruners, small saws, & prying tools.
Please let me know if you are planning on participating, so that I can prepare the release forms, making signing in as easy as possible. The Christina River Watershed Committeewhich has supported local cleanups for 28 years, will be providing teeshirts with their logo on them. So also let me know your desired size shirt or that you don’t want one. (Expect a little cotton shrinkage. For reference, I always wear a medium.)
All participants should bring a pair of sturdy work gloves. (We have some pairs to borrow too.) Wearing long pants and sturdy boots are highly recommended. Don’t forget sun protection, suntan lotion and bug spray if you wish. Water, pretzels, and apples will be provided. All volunteers will need to sign waivers for two agencies at the time of sign in.
Regarding cleanup events appropriate for children, please contact the White Clay Creek State Park in Delaware at (302) 368-6900 or emailCaitlin Vanderspuy.