Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Virginia State Parks encourage volunteers to get involved this Earth Day

View of the winding Taskinas Creek at York River State Park. Photo courtesy Virginia State Parks
View of the winding Taskinas Creek at York River State Park. (Courtesy photo/Virginia State Parks)

Sunday is Earth Day, and Virginia State Parks are inviting residents to get outside and help clean up.

To celebrate, volunteers can plant trees, maintain pollinator gardens, remove invasive species, make crafts out of recycled materials and clean up shorelines and trails, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation said.

At York River State Park, volunteers can join the park’s Native Plant Maintenance Program. The program involves identifying and planting flowers and shrubs native to the area.

Volunteers should meet at the contact station at the park.

This Earth Day’s focus is on plastic pollution, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation encourages Virginians to use fewer single-use plastic containers and straws, as well as recycling plastics that are used.

More than 1 billion people throughout 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities, the department said.

Download the Earth Day Toolkit to learn more about celebrating the day.

Note: A previous version of this article included information from the Department of Conservation and Recreation stating boat rentals would be available Sunday. According to Amanda Jolly from.York River State Park, the water is still too cold for boat rentals to be available.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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