Celebrate Earth Day with a Work Party and Picnic
The Nature Conservancy invites you to get your hands dirty at one of four preserve work parties on Saturday, April 20. After the work is done, we’ll enjoy a Picnic for Earth.
PORTLAND, OR | April 09, 2013
The Nature Conservancy invites you to get your hands dirty at one of four preserve work parties on Saturday, April 20. The work parties are part of SOLVE IT, an annual Earth Day event for volunteers to dig in and take care of Oregon’s parks, neighborhoods and waterways. After the work is done, we’ll enjoy a Picnic for Earth.
“Our volunteer work parties bring like-minded people together who put in sweat equity to protect the planet we live on and all that it provides,” says Russ Hoeflich, the Conservancy’s Oregon director. ”With the planet’s population growing and demand on resources increasing, we need to engage more people to protect our natural resources. Our volunteers make positive change possible.”
The Oregon Chapter has one of the strongest Conservancy volunteer programs in the nation and engages 700 people across the state. “We are privileged to have wonderful volunteers who donate their time and energy to restore and improve our preserves,” says Molly Dougherty, Oregon’s volunteer programs director. “We see the Earth Day work parties as opportunities to recruit new volunteers and engage people who’ve been with us for many years.”
After everyone works up an appetite, we’ll sit down together and celebrate the bounty our planet provides with a picnic. Picnics are an engaging way to make the connection between conservation and our food and water supply. “We are using our science and collaborating with people who make our food—farmers, ranchers and fisherman—to keep soils healthy and water quality high,” adds Hoeflich.
Volunteer Work Party and Picnic Opportunities
on Saturday, April 20:
- Camassia Natural Area in West Linn, near Portland: Remove invasive plants
- Cascade Head Preserve near Lincoln City: Remove invasive blackberry
- Williamette Confluence near Eugene: Remove invasive plants and conduct preserve maintenance
- Whetstone Savanna near Medford: Remove invasive curly dock from vernal pools
- Registration is required. To learn more, contact (503) 802-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Conservancy will provide drinks and dessert. You bring inspiration (and your lunch).
- Be prepared. Wear long pants and long sleeves, hiking boots, a daypack, and bring lunch and snacks, a full water bottle, and layers of clothing to be prepared for any weather—including raingear and a hat and sunscreen. Also bring work gloves if you have them—the Conservancy will have extra you can borrow if not.
The Camassia Natural Area event is made possible in part by the Metro-Nature in Neighborhoods grant program.
SOLVE is a non-profit organization that brings together individuals, business groups, and service and conservation groups through volunteering and education to restore our natural spaces and take good care of this great state of which we are all so proud.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at www.nature.org. To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit www.nature.org/global. To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.