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Volunteer – Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Willisbrook Preserve | October 19, 2020 09:00am - October 19, 2020 11:30am
October 12th was Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Natural Lands is hosting a day of volunteer service on October 19 (re-scheduled from the original date) to honor the original stewards of our region, the Lenape. We recognize that discrimination, exclusion, and inequity in land ownership is part of our country’s history, and we acknowledge the privilege we have to steward the lands under our care. In recognition and out of respect for this history, we will care for the land by helping to install erosion-reducing waterbars on some of the trails at Willisbrook Preserve. In addition to limiting stormwater wash out of trails, waterbars also improve nearby habitat and make it easier for hikers to enjoy the trails.
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.
The health and safety of staff and volunteers is our highest priority during this volunteer event. Please review “before you go” details. Masks and social distancing will be practiced.
Capacity is limited for this small-group event. If you need to cancel, please let us know so another volunteer can attend. All are welcome, regardless of race or ethnicity.
Willisbrook Preserve is a mix of woods and grassland meadows, including just over 20 acres of a rare ecosystem known as the Sugartown Serpentine Barrens. These barrens support a variety of plant species, many of which are threatened or endangered. In 2010, the barrens were designated as a Wild Plant Sanctuary by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
What to wear and expect:
- Dress for the season and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes to trek uneven terrain
- Wear long pants and long sleeved shirt to protect against thorns, brambles and insects.
- Poison ivy may be present; leaders will point it out.
- Ticks and bugs are possible, bugspray recommended.
- Plan to get dirty, and have fun!
- Sorry, dogs are not permitted at this event.
What to bring:
- Bring your own work gloves.
- Bring a large, FULL water bottle to stay hydrated. You may wish to bring a trail snack, too.
Please help us all stay safe:
- Volunteers must wear a mask during the welcome circle and group gathering. As per PA Department of Health orders, you must wear a mask if you are unable to maintain a distance of six feet from individuals who are not members of your household, during this activity.
- If you are sick, please stay home.
There are no restrooms; please plan accordingly.
Event is free. Please complete and submit the secure, on-line registration form below to let us know you are coming. By registering, you are electronically signing our Volunteer Waiver. Questions? Contact Debbie Beer, email@example.com
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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