MONTESSORI OF THE RIO GRANDE CHARTER SCHOOL
AWF kicks off the 2011 Volunteer Service Projects season with a local project at the Montessori of the Rio Grande public school. About 10 years ago, the school received a grant from the US Fish & Wildlife Service to develop a wetland. Ever since it has been an ideal setting for children to learn about and appreciate nature. Longtime AWF volunteer Marcie Amendolagine brought this project to our attention. It fits right in with AWF’s education mission and we are very excited about helping the school. It is a local one-day project and we need around 30 people, so please sign up!
WHERE: The school is located between the Rio Grande and Rio Grande Blvd NW, just north of I-40. More detailed directions will be sent to you when you sign up.
START TIME: 10:00 am
We’ll let the morning chill pass. There is a lot of work to do, but if we get a good turn-out, we should be done by mid-afternoon. Please arrive promptly to allow time for signing in before we get an overview and guidance from our project leaders.
END TIME: 3:00 pm
THE PROJECT: The path around the wetland needs to be cleared. A plastic liner used on the surrounding mound will be removed as well as some lava rock. Mulch and rock will be brought in. Cattails will be cleared from the pond.
GEAR: Bring the usual field gear – gloves, hat, long sleeves, long pants, sturdy boots, and sunscreen. If you’re willing to help clear the cattails, bring rubber boots or waders and neoprene gloves if you have them.
TOOLS: Loppers, hand shears, rakes, brooms (hardy push brooms), and shovels will all be needed. Wheelbarrows will be essential. If you have one that you’d be willing to bring, let Scial know when you sign up.
FOOD: Volunteers, please bring your own lunch. You can break whenever you’d like to. AWF will provide snacks, ice water, and drink mixes (please bring your own mug or water bottle).