Since 1996, the Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own particular needs and can range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and trail building.
This year Park Day will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at participating sites. The nationwide effort is underwritten with a grant from History™, formerly The History Channel, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a "Take Pride in America" event.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Parks is one of the sites that will benefit from Park Day-related activities. Volunteers are needed to mulch trails on Bolivar Heights Battlefield. From 8 a.m. to 12 noon volunteers will use pitch forks, shovels, and rakes to resurface the trails. Some minor water bar installation may occur as well. Volunteers will meet at the park Visitor Center parking lot and should wear boots, long pants and dress for the weather. Bring a pair of work gloves, water, snacks and be prepared to get dirty. Tools will be provided by the park.
For more information call 304-535-5017 or 304-535-6029.