The park is gearing up for two annual conservation events: Adopt a Tree and Weed Wrangle. Here are more details about each event:
Adopt a Tree
Help the park bring “re-leaf” to Northeast Tennessee by planting tomorrow’s forests, creating more wildlife homes, more natural beauty, more fresh air and more fun for children of the future.
At Adopt a Tree, volunteers will help plant hundreds of new trees at the park. For every tree seedling you plant, you will also get one to take home to plant in your own neighborhood.
The event will be held Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. until noon, or until there are no more trees. The park will supply some digging tools, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own.
Participants should come dressed for the weather and be prepared to get their hands dirty. Follow signs from the park entrance to the tree distribution location.
This year’s Weed Wrangle will focus on removing one particularly invasive plant: garlic mustard. These plants choke out native wildflowers and kill rare butterflies, but they can be controlled if caught early — no special tools or toxic herbicides needed.
On March 7 from 1-4 p.m., volunteers will uproot these plants along a scenic park trail. Participants should come dressed for the weather and be prepared for a short walk to the weed-pulling location. Those who have tender hands should bring their gardening gloves.
Volunteers should meet promptly at 1 p.m. in the park’s pool parking lot and carpool to the worksite.
For more information, call (423) 239-6786.