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Day of Service

Hermann Park Conservancy

Join us for our 2013 Yale Day of Service, an annual event held by Yale clubs around the world to recognize the value of civic involvement and giving back to our local communities.

Last year, many Houston-area Yale alumni, parents, and family members volunteer with the Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, May 11th, in coordation with the Hermann Park Conservancy. Adults can help remove invasive plants. Kids can make seed balls and plant them in place of the removed plants. Many thanks to Doreen Stoller for making this event possible for our Club's members.

Please see details below. The event is free. Please rsvp by clicking on the link below.

https://alumni.yale.edu/registration/dos/register.php?event=1446 

Overview of Program: Hermann Park Conservancy’s volunteer program is designed to encourage and sustain community involvement, awareness and stewardship in order to maintain and enhance the beauty of Hermann Park.  Conservation involves preserving and protecting natural resources such as a city park through planned management to prevent destruction or neglect. Through methods of restoration (repairing or restoring), volunteers help bring the Park to an improved condition.

Habitat restoration, bench restoration, and reforestation are primary components of maintaining the Park.  Restoring habitat involves removing invasive species and weeding.  Benches and picnic tables become weathered over years of use and need to be sanded and stained to protect and beautify the wood. Trees need to be planted in order to replenish areas of the park where the trees are nearing the end of their life cycle.

Day of Service activities:

• Adults: Invasive plant removal:  Invasive plants such as baccharis take over various natural areas of the park and need to be dug out. The invasive shrubs can grow extremely large and must have the roots removed to help prevent re-growth. 

• Kids: Making seed balls:  The Park’s natural area needs to have wildflowers replenished several times a year.  Volunteers will make seed balls from native seeds, pottery clay and soil (HPC to provide). This project is great for the young. 

Attire/Equipment:  This program consists of outside volunteer projects.  Please dress appropriately; long pants, shirt with sleeves and closed toe shoes. Tools, materials, and supplies will be provided. 

Date/Time:   Saturday, May 11, 2013. 8:30am.

Meeting location: We will meet at the B bicycle station in the Lake Picnic area inside Hermann Park. This location is closest to the circle #16 on this park map, adjacent to the train station and across from the entrance to the zoo. It has lots of shade and a playground area too. Please park in Lot E (although Lots E, F and G are all connected so you can park in F or G too). If you are facing the zoo or the fountain in the lake, you will see the picnic tables by the B bicycle station on the right hand side of the parking lots. 

 




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