Habitat restoration workdays have been scheduled in a dozen parks around the county as part of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) this Saturday, April 16. Participants must be at least 12 years old unless accompanied by an adult.
Participation in GYSD, organized by Youth Service America, is being spearheaded locally by the Fairfax County Park Authority Invasive Management Area (IMA) Program. Millions of young people will work to improve their communities through service and service-learning projects this year.
Established in 1988, GYSD is celebrated annually in over 100 countries. It works together with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, volunteer and national service programs, and government agencies to address critical issues and change communities.
Over 3,000 projects were registered on GYSD’s Website in 2010.
Including the IMA workdays, Volunteer Fairfax will host 22 projects to engage a projected 700 young people across the region in 2011.
Those interested in helping restore the natural health of their local parks may choose a site from the list below and call 703-324-8681 to register, or sign up online.
Fairfax County Park Authority sites participating in Global Youth Service Day:
- White Oaks Park, 8 to 11 a.m.
- Springfield Forest Park, 9 to 11 a.m.
- Annandale Park, 9 a.m. to noon
- Belvedere Park, 9 a.m. to noon (Boy Scout & school trail set-up)
- McLean Hunt Estates Park, 9 a.m. to noon
- Nottoway Park, 9 a.m. to noon
- Huntley Meadows Park, 9:30 a.m. to noon
- Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 10 a.m. to noon
- Pohick Stream Valley, 10 a.m. to noon
- The Turner Farm Park, 10 a.m. to noon
- Brentwood Park, 1 to 3 p.m.
- Royal Lake Park, 10 to noon