Volunteers may register to spruce up parks on May 6

Registration is open for the sixth annual I Love My Park Day, to be held on May 6 at state parks, historic sites, and public lands across New York.

Clean-up events are being held at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar and at John Boyd Thacher State Park in New Scotland and Knox. Registration for I Love My Park Day may be completed by visiting http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/index.shtml.

The day, sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York, is to enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and raise awareness of the entire parks system and its needs.

This year’s event includes partnerships with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Park Service, with volunteer events planned at several locations in the Adirondack and Catskill regions and at five national parks in New York State.

Volunteers will celebrate New York’s public lands by cleaning up debris, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitats, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects.

The New York State Commission on Volunteer and Community Service is joining the effort again this year to help recruit volunteers, promote the initiative and provide support to projects across the state. Members of the New York State Excelsior Conservation Corps, a New York State AmeriCorps program run by the Student Conservation Association, will help State Parks organize and implement I Love My Park Day projects.

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