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I Love My Park Day

Thank You for Giving Back to the Places You Love on May 6, 2017

volunteers at I Love My Park Day at Five Rivers
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Thanks to the many volunteers who came out to help with critical habitat restoration and infrastructure improvement projects at our DEC facilities- we truly appreciate all your efforts! See more photos of each event in our Flickr album.

I Love My Park Day is an annual event that brings together thousands of volunteers to celebrate and enhance New York's parks, historic sites, and public lands. This year, DEC tripled the number of event locations-from trails in the Forest Preserve to popular campgrounds to urban escapes-providing even more opportunities for New Yorkers to help clean up, restore, and enhance these special places.

Event Location Time and Projects
Cranberry Lake Campground
243 Lone Pine Road, Cranberry Lake, NY
10 AM - 4 PM Meet at pavilion
Leaf Raking, Picnic Table Placement & Fireplace Clean Up- all ages welcome
Fish Creek Pond Campground
4523 State Route 30 Saranac Lake, NY
10 AM - 4 PM Meet at pavilion
Campsite Clean Up and Tree Planting- all ages welcome
Golden Beach Campground
Route 28, Raquette Lake, NY
10 AM - 4 PM Meet at entrance booth
Trash Pickup and Facility Beautification- all ages welcome
Peninsula Nature Trails
Lake Placid, NY 9 AM - 12 PM Meet at the entrance gate on Peninsula Way, which starts between the Comfort Inn and the Dack Shack restaurant along State Route 86. Follow this road of 0.4 miles to a small parking area on the left
Volunteers will be able to help with one of these projects:
• Install new trail markers and sign posts.
• Prune branches that are growing into the trail.
• Install bog bridging along a couple sections of muddy trail.
• Clean up trash
Ages 13 and up
Scaroon Manor Campground
8728 State Route 9, Pottersville, NY
10 AM - 4 PM Meet at pavilion
Tree & Shrub Planting and Day Use Area Clean Up- all ages welcome
Catskill Interpretive Center
5096 Route 28, Mount Tremper, NY, 12457 9 AM - 3 PM Meet at Center
Tree and shrub planting along a new section of accessible trail as well as invasive species pulling and control. Please bring snack and water. All ages welcome
Kaaterskill Falls Wild Forest
Hunter, NY 9:30 AM - 3 PM Meet at DEC parking lot at the end of Laurel House Road in Haines Falls NY
Plant a mix of native trees along the riparian corridor in order to help stabilize the stream bank and protect water quality. Mostly upland tree species and some possible native shrub species.
• Brush in herd paths caused by hikers traveling off trail around the top of the falls. Volunteers will attempt to hide these paths to encourage hikers to stay on the designated trails.
• Clean up litter that has collected over the winter months
All ages welcome
North South Lake Campground
County Route 18, Haines Falls, NY 10 AM - 4 PM Meet at entrance booth
Project 1: Picnic Table placement on campsites. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring work gloves, water, and a snack.
Project 2: Trash pickup. All ages welcome. Please bring water, snack, and garden gloves.
Project 3: Campsite Raking. All ages welcome. Please bring water, snack, and garden gloves.
All ages welcome
Woodland Valley Campground
1319 Woodland Valley Rd., Phoenicia, NY
10 AM - 4 PM Meet at trail head parking
Project 1: Picnic Table Assembly. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring garden gloves, work gloves, water, and a snack.
Project 2: Caretaker Cabin Staining. All ages welcome. Please bring water, snack, and disposable gloves.
Project 3: Road Shoulder Clean Up Within Campground. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring water, snack, and work gloves.

Mt. Loretto Unique Area
Staten Island, NY
10 AM - 1 PM Meet at entrance
Join NYS DEC as we improve the habitat and access at Mt. Loretto Unique Area by removing invasive species, cleaning debris from the beach, and clearing trails. All ages welcome.
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
77 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga, NY
10 AM - 1 PM Meet at center
Join others in helping to clean trails and plant native plants at our annual stewardship day! Scout groups and other organizations welcome. Friends of Reinstein provides a light lunch. All ages welcome
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, NY
9 AM - 1 PM Meet at new education center * NEW START TIME
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center has 10 miles of trails used for passive recreation, environmental education, and wildlife viewing. Projects will include trail clean-up, light maintenance, and invasive species removal. All ages welcome
Washington County Grasslands WMA
Black House Rd, Fort Edward, NY 1 PM - 4 PM Meet on Black House Rd
Invasive species removal and trash clean-up. All ages welcome
Rome Sand Plains Resource Management Area 4600 Hogsback Road, Rome, NY 10 AM - 1 PM Meet on Hogsback Rd
Trail clearing and signing along the "Blue Trail" (approximately 1.6 miles in length). This will include clearing the trail of any sticks and debris. We will also clean up garbage and debris from across the road, at the former Squadrito Parcel, which is adjacent to where the wild blue lupine plants grow. Ages 13 and up
Stony Kill Farm and Environmental Education Center
79 Farmstead Lane Wappingers Falls, NY

9 AM - 11 AM Meet at red barn at Farmstead Lane
Our Board Director will take volunteers to our various trails to access any damage, replace trail markers and brochures and remove refuse at the trail head. Participants should also dress properly wearing long pants, socks, boots or old sneakers, long sleeves and hats.
Project 2- Stony Kill Foundation hosts their Spring Celebration & Plant Sale on May 6 from 11 am to 3 pm and relies on volunteers to help set up, work various stations, and break down the event. If you would like to work a half day or full day, we would love the help. Ages 13 and up

Lake George Beach/Lake George Battlefield Million Dollar Beach parking lot, Lake George, NY

10 AM Meet at Million Dollar Beach parking lot
Million Dollar Beach: mulching and planting around the beach house; policing beach and removing all materials that do not belong; policing and removing litter from the parking lot areas.

Lake George Battleground Day Use Area: Policing entire day use area and removing litter and other materials; cleaning, planting, and mulching around the "The Indian" sculpture; and planting and mulching of trees in Father Jogues field. All ages welcome

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