10:00am to 1:00pm
There are work tasks for all abilities. No “gardening” skills or knowledge required. You don’t even have to be outdoorsy! This project is suitable for families with children (probably 12 years and older).
Gloves and tools (and hula hoops!) will be provided. Please wear long pants and closed toed shoes and bring sunblock and water bottles.
Meet at the parking lot near the intersection on the Jamaicaway and Willow Pond Road. Limited parking is available at one of two small nearby parking lots, or on-street in the vicinity. The site is also accessible by public transportation (#39 bus to Bynner Street). This volunteer event can proceed in light drizzle, but will be cancelled if it is raining heavily.
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is a private non-profit stewardship organization founded in 1998 to maintain, restore and protect the parks of the historic Olmsted-designed Emerald Necklace park system. Your work will directly contribute to improving the health of Olmsted Park’s forest. There will also be an opportunity for a short walk to a glacial kettle hole.
We need your help:
• Removing Invasive plants – after learning which plants are invasives and which aren’t, we’ll cut back thickets of multiflora rose. This is satisfying work as you use special weed wrenches and tools to pull out these destructive plants. Some of you will do the pulling and some will bag the plants in plastic bags.
• Helping clean up litter – unfortunately, there are areas of the park that need basic, simple cleaning up – we’ll provide bags and gloves for litter pick up so we leave the park looking more cared for and beautiful.
Ellen Arnstein, ‘13 MEM