Give nature a hand on Saturdays this spring

  • Friday, February 21, 2020 2:10pm
  • Life

By Ron Newberry

Special to the News-Times

Springtime kicks off the season to get outdoors and give nature a helping hand at some really cool Whidbey Camano Land Trust protected properties.

This year, the Land Trust is adding Saturday work parties so more people can experience the joy that comes from making the community and a special part of the earth even better.

The first Saturday work party will be March 21 at Strawberry Point Preserve on North Whidbey, followed on April 11 at Possession Sound Preserve, located south of Clinton. And, on May 16, the Land Trust will be at Saratoga Woods County Preserve near Langley. All three work parties are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Saturday work parties mean that people who work, go to school or just can’t make weekday outings can still join the fun,” said Taylor Schmuki, the Land Trust’s stewardship assistant.

“We’re hoping families with kids will come out to not only make a difference but also to connect with nature,” Schmuki said.

The Land Trust’s 2020 work party schedule started with a big success. Seventeen volunteers of all ages came out to plant 120 young, native conifers at Trillium Community Forest to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King National Day of Service on Jan. 20.

So come on out with friends and family to keep the momentum going. Volunteers at the three work parties will get a chance to remove invasive weeds choking out our native wildlife habitat, rid the areas of litter and improve public trails.

Register at wclt.org/get-involved/volunteer.

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust is a nonprofit nature conservation organization that actively involves the community in protecting, restoring, and appreciating the important natural habitats and resource lands that support the diversity of life on our islands and in the waters of Puget Sound.

• For information, visit www.wclt.org, email info@wclt.org, or call 360-222-3310.

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