Volunteer – Garden Greening
Hildacy Preserve | Sun, April 28, 2019, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Calling all volunteers for garden greening at Hildacy Preserve! We’ll tackle a variety of projects to spruce-up spaces, and nurture plants around Natural Lands headquarters property.
Volunteering with Natural Lands is a great way to learn about habitats and wildlife, while helping care for natural resources and connecting with like-minded people. Grab gloves, don sturdy boots, and plan to get a little dirty while making a difference!
The former farm fields at Hildacy have been converted to meadows dominated by native grasses such as big and little bluestem, Indian-grass, and broom-sedge. Native warm- and cool-season grasses are particularly valuable as nesting areas and food sources for birds such as Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Eastern Bluebird—all of whose populations have been in decline nationally due to loss of habitat.
Crum Creek, a tributary to the Delaware River, meanders through the preserve. The creek is the leading drinking water source for Delaware County residents and was designated a “Special Protection Stream” by the PA Department of Environmental Protection. With help from volunteers and Pennsylvania’s TreeVitalize program, we have planted hundreds of trees along the edge of Crum Creek to improve water quality. Trees and other plants in this area filter the nutrients and sediments transported by surface and groundwater flowing into the creek. Native trees also provide shade and food that benefit fish and other aquatic species.
In 2001, we completed a renovation to our headquarters, including a large addition to the original farmhouse. Throughout the design and construction process, we were careful to minimize environmental impacts. A geothermal system takes advantage of the earth’s constant temperature to heat and cool the building, while the extensive use of glass and exterior shades allow us to reduce heating costs in the winter and lighting costs year-round.
- Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, for walking on uneven terrain
- Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts—poison ivy and brambles may be present.
- Ticks and bugs are possible in all temperatures.
- Please leave four-legged friends at home.
- Be prepared to get dirty and walk on uneven terrain.
- Tools will be provided.
- Bring your own work gloves, or borrow ours.
- Bring a filled water bottle, and keep hydrated.
- No experience necessary; instruction will be provided. Suitable for ages 12+.
Event is free. Registration required. Please complete and submit the secure, on-line registration form below to let us know you are coming. Questions? Contact Debbie Beer, email@example.com, 610-353-5587, x 266.
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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