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Volunteers needed along Baird Creek

8:00 PM, Apr. 12, 2013  |  Comments
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The Baird Creek Foundation is looking for a few good men, women and children to help spruce up the greenway in honor of Monday's Earth Day.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for the annual cleanup of Baird Creek. Duties include picking up trash, removing invasive species and planting native grasses. Depending on the weather, the annual event brings out anywhere from 40 to 140 people willing to lend a hand, including scout troops, neighborhood groups, families and high school environmental clubs, said Maureen Meinhardt, executive director of the foundation.

The day's biggest undertaking is bagging up a year's worth of litter. "When the snow melts, it's like an archaeological find. There's just layers of trash,'' Meinhardt said.

Volunteers will gather at the Triangle Hill Pavilion, 500 Beverly Road, and work as teams in designated areas based on their interest. Trash is bagged and left near the roads for city workers to pick up. Dress for the weather (flip-flops not recommended) and wear work gloves. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Light snacks and drinks will be provided. There will also be an open house at the pavilion with local environmental organizations offering info and volunteer opportunities on their programs.

Groups of 10 or more should send an email in advance to execdirector@bairdcreek.org.

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