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Volunteer – MLK Day for Nature
Binky Lee Preserve | Mon, January 20, 2020, 9:00am - 12:00pm
This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.
Join us at Binky Lee Preserve to help remove invasive vines that threaten the health of the preserve’s trees and crowd out native plant species.
Volunteering with Natural Lands is a great way to learn more about the natural world, give your time to a great cause, and connect with enthusiastic like-minded people.
No experience necessary; we’ll provide guidance, tools, and treats.
Binky Lee Preserve is an expanse of former agricultural land that is being converted back to natural woodlands and meadows. Returning the land to nature actually requires a great deal of care and skill. For more than two decades, we’ve employed a range of restoration techniques to improve these habitats so plants and wildlife can thrive, and for people to enjoy.
More than 10,000 native trees have been planted on the preserve—a process known as afforestation—in an effort to expand the wooded areas. In other sections of the preserve, by not mowing we allow them to return to woodlands on their own. While it won’t happen overnight—and we’ll need to try to mitigate the impact of deer and invasive plants—these trees will eventually and provide critical forest habitat for wildlife.
- Dress for the season and wear sturdy shoes.
- Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts—poison ivy and brambles may be present.
- Bring a water bottle.
- Ticks and bugs are possible; bug spray recommended.
- Please leave your four-legged friends at home.
Event is free. Please complete and submit the secure, online registration form below to let us know you are coming. Questions? Contact Debbie Beer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-353-5587, x266.
Events may be cancelled due to inclement weather or low registration. In that case, we will make every effort to update our website and contact registrants. Note that we cannot offer refunds of paid registrations or ticket purchases, but rest assured that your donation will help us in our work to save open space, care for nature, and connect people to the outdoors.
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