Civil War Trust’s Annual Volunteer Park Day April 2
(April 2011 Civil War News)

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The Civil War Trust’s annual Park Day volunteer event is on April 2. Some sites choose a different date, so potential participants should check the Trust Web site at www.civilwar.org to see which sites are participating on which date, their hours and registration requirements. Some sites ask volunteers to bring tools and work gloves.

Dozens of sites are participating. among them are the following.

Antietam National Battlefield’s volunteers will prepare areas for wildflower planting, plant wildflowers and trees and help clean up a dump site.

Gettysburg National Military Park volunteers will be cutting brush and managing vegetation on Little Round Top to reveal historic terrain and original breastworks.

Monocacy National Battlefield volunteers will help with a river cleanup, trash removal and beautification projects.

Four Valley sites, including two owned by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, will be participating. At the Star Fort property in Winchester, volunteers will lay a mulch trail bed, clean up trash, remove brush and cut firewood to be donated to social service agencies. 

At Third Winchester volunteers will clear trash from trails, clean interpretive signs and replacing benches on the bridge over Redbud Run. 

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will have volunteers at its Rose Hill Farm on the First Kernstown Battlefield clearing fields, trails and the wall area, cleaning up around trail signs and installing new signage. 

At the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, volunteers will be building rail fence, clearing trash, repairing gravel road areas, and dragging brush into piles in the Bloody Cedars section of the battlefield.

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield is coordinating Park Day activities on the Wilderness Battlefield. Projects will include litter pickup throughout the battlefield, painting of interpretive panels, cannons and limbers, removal of debris and fallen trees, and cleanup around monuments.