Volunteers are being sought to help clean up Valley Forge National Historical Park on Saturday, September 28, in celebration of National Public Lands Day.
Special musical guest, the New Bedford Youth Ambassador Program and the Young Friends Block Party and Fundraiser Cookout are also part of the day’s celebrations in addition to the announcement of the “Name the New Trail Bridge” contest.
National Public Lands Day, now in its 20th year, is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the nation’s 600 million acres of public lands. Valley Forge is proud to partner with REI for the 11th year for this important public event. Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Visitor Center lower parking lot with walk-in registration and volunteer sign-in. Participants should dress in work clothes and shoes and bring work gloves.
Kicking off this years’ event is a special musical performance by the New Bedford Youth Ambassador Program, which will share a message about conservation and sustainability through the performers' unique hip-hop style during the opening ceremonies at 9 a.m.
During the day the Friends of Valley Forge Park will announce the winning name of the new trail bridge. The construction of the new pedestrian/bicycle bridge will begin this fall and is expected to open in 2015.
Following the opening ceremony, nearly 20 hands-on projects, such as invasive plant and crayfish removal, trails maintenance, and tree planting, will give volunteers the opportunity to make a real difference in their neighborhood national park. Volunteers and visitors can also enjoy guided hikes, educational activities for youth, and an environmental expo.
“We hope that volunteers who participate in this community event on National Public Lands Day will discover the value of this special place and will continue to stay connected to the park throughout the year by additional volunteering, joining The Friends of Valley Forge Park, shopping at The Encampment Store, or just enjoying the park recreational and historical resources,” said Valley Forge Superintendent Kate Hammond.
YAP! will return to the stage during the Young Friends Block Party and Fundraiser Cookout, also located in the lower parking lot from noon to 2:30 p.m.. The Young Friends of Valley Forge Park invite volunteers and visitors back for an afternoon of food, fun, and games as they celebrate another year of stewardship in our national parks. Make a donation and receive your choice of beef/veggie burger or hot dogs plus chips and a drink. Proceeds from the cookout support park initiatives and programs.
To volunteer, contact Ernestine White at 610-783-1029 or [email protected]