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Weir Farm Invites Volunteers To Clear Invasive Plants On Public Lands Day

Volunteers are invited to join the park rangers in removing invasive plants at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site
Volunteers are invited to join the park rangers in removing invasive plants at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site
Volunteers are invited to join the park rangers in removing invasive plants at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site

WILTON, Conn. -- To celebrate National Public Lands Day, Weir Farm National Historic Site in Ridgefield and Wilton will host a habitat restoration event.

Volunteers will assist National Park Service staff in removing invasive plants such as Garlic Mustard and Japanese Barberry from the woodlands.

The event will  be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Volunteers can join the local national park in an effort to maintain the habitat along park trails in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

Tools, gloves and water will be provided. Proper attire for the activity includes sturdy closed toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and hats. Sunscreen, insect repellent, and a bottle for water are recommended.

Registration for this event is required and space is limited. To register or for more information, call Volunteer Coordinator Kristin Lessard at 203-834-1896 Ext. 11.

This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for ages 10 and up, with parent or guardian supervision required for participants less than 18 years of age. Before the event, volunteer agreement forms must be signed by each volunteer, or their legal guardian if less than 18 years of age.

National Public Lands Day is organized nationwide by the National Environmental Education Foundation, which was chartered by Congress in 1990 to advance environmental knowledge and action. The annual event educates Americans about critical environmental and natural resources issues, builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community, and improves public lands for outdoor recreation.

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. In 2013, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,237 sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

For more information on National Public Lands Day events in Connecticut, visit www.publiclandsday.org .

Weir Farm National Historic Site was home to three generations of American artists, including Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism.

The 60-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art.

Weir Farm National Historic Site is located at 735 Nod Hill Road in Wilton. For more information, visit the website at www.nps.gov/wefa .

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