Help Clean Up the White Clay Creek Preserve!

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 8.04.13 AMPlease join the White Clay Creek Preserve Cleanup event on Saturday, April 18, 2015!

Whether you prefer extracting old dumped trash or invasive nonnative plants, we can accomplish much more with your help.  Age 18+ participants.

EVENT DETAILS:
Location: White Clay Creek State Preserve
Meet: Preserve Office Lot, 400 Sharpless Rd, Landenberg, PA 19350 (39.746601, -75.774948)
Date: Saturday, 04/18/2015 @ 8 am – Noon
Organizer: April Schmitt (april.schmitt27@gmail.com)

VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTIONS:
Please respond to the above email address, if you are interested!
Advance registrations are much appreciated and are required if you’d like a tee shirt ordered (email your tee shirt size, they are usually 100% cotton, unisex size, with washing shrinkage)
Sturdy gloves, boots, and long pants are a must!  Wheelbarrows are a bonus!
Bring tools like: rake, hoe, shovel, clipper, and bucket if possible (large and small tools are useful)
Ticks and poison ivy are usually present in these fields and woods (insect repellant recommended)
Water, apples, and pretzels will be provided
Volunteer participation letters also available

FlyerParkCleanup_2015-04-18 copyDownloadable flyer for Park Clean Up Volunteer Event

Earth Day Garlic Mustard Pull at the PA Preserve in Landenberg.

blue hen leadership programThank you Blue Hen Leadership Program for sending a group of students to help pull the invasive Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard) from the Pennsylvania White Clay Creek Preserve last Saturday. The group of 34 students from the University of Delaware and area high schools traversed over 4 miles of the PA Preserve trails, hiking and pulling the invasive plant from the woods as part of a day of service celebrating Earth Day.

The students learned about the invasive plant and the the threats it poses to native ephemeral wildflowers. Opportunistic plants that have not co-evolved with other species in our area often have fewer threats to their viability. In other words, they may have fewer natural pests and predation threats, as well as the ability to rapidly colonize an area. This  often gives them a competitive edge over our native species allowing them to displace or greatly reduce the population of natives.

box turtleIt was a day of service, but there was also time for some sight seeing. We spied a spotted turtle basking in the sun, heard spring peepers singing in a nearby wetland, and saw some of the many beautiful spring wildflowers blooming along the trail such as Jacob’s ladder, may apple, trout lily, spring beauty, and the emerging fronds of the Christmas fern. All of which make the White Clay Creek Preserve such a treasure to visit.