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Celebrate National Public Lands Day By Volunteering At Wilton's Weir Farm

Volunteers from last year's National Public Lands Day celebration and plant pull
Volunteers from last year's National Public Lands Day celebration and plant pull Photo Credit: Facebook

WILTON, Conn. -- In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton will host a volunteer invasive plant pull followed by old-fashioned apple cider making on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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. Bring a brown bag lunch for yourself as well.

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, call Volunteer Coordinator, Andrew Lowe, at 203-834-1896 ext. 11.

This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for ages 13 and up, with a parent or guardian supervision required for participants less than 18 years of age. Before the event, volunteer agreement forms must be signed by each volunteer or their legal guardian if less than 18 years of age.

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.

Click here for more info on National Public Lands Day events in Connecticut.

Weir Farm National Historic Site is at 735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton.

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