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Park Service Seeks To Grow Volunteer Program At Weir Farm

Ranger Kristen Lessard gives a tour before the restoration work was finished in the Weir Home in Wilton and Ridgefield.
Ranger Kristen Lessard gives a tour before the restoration work was finished in the Weir Home in Wilton and Ridgefield. Photo Credit: File

WILTON, Conn. -- As Weir Farm prepares for the grand opening of three restored historic buildings, it is looking for volunteers to work with park visitors, said a ranger at the national historic site in Wilton and Ridgefield.

"Are you a storyteller? Do you have a passion for history or art? Become a visitor service/interpreter volunteer and share the stories and history of Weir Farm National Historic Site with visitors from around the world," Park Ranger Cassie Werne said in an email.

The final stages of restoration work is being done at the Weir House, the Weir Studio and the Young Studio. The fully restored and furnished buildings will open this year to the public for the first time in the park’s history.

With the grand opening around the corner, Weir Farm is seeking friendly, reliable volunteers interested in working as part of the Volunteers-In-Parks program. Volunteers will be receive training and participate in a variety of opportunities, including a training session with park staff in April during National Volunteer Week. Volunteers can take part in off-site field trips to other museums or national parks and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Weir Farm.

The park offers a variety of volunteer opportunities that include educating visitors at the park Visitor Center, assisting with youth and education programs, and helping out during events.

If you have an interest in becoming a VIP or in other volunteer opportunities, visit the park's website 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 farm is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/wefa or call 203-834-1896.

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