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April 23, 2013

MADISON -- The next two Saturdays will offer people the greatest number of opportunities to participate in a Work*Play*Earth Day event as a dozen state park properties hosting the activities.

Mirror Lake Work*Play*Earth Day
About 30 people showed up for Mirror Lake State Park's Work*Play*Earth Day event April 13 despite cold rain. Here volunteers painted and assembled picnic chairs.
Photo courtesy of Friends of Mirror Lake State Park

Activities planned this year include planting trees and shrubs, making memorial benches, removing invasive plants, painting picnic tables and other structures, trail repair, raking and cleaning up leaves, picking up litter and getting campgrounds ready for the camping season.

Each work day will run from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The schedule may vary slightly at each location. Volunteers should wear work boots or athletic shoes, long pants and bring their own work gloves. Advanced registration is free and encouraged. People can register through the park, forest, trail or recreation area where they would like to volunteer.

When the work is done, volunteers join staff in hiking or biking park trails, visiting nature centers or interpretive displays, or enjoying any of the recreational opportunities available at the different parks. The events are sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and individual friends groups for the properties.

"The weather is supposed to be wonderful this coming weekend and we hope that holds true for the following weekend too," says Patty Loosen, state parks friends group coordinator.

The following park properties will be holding events:

Saturday - April 27

Saturday - May 4

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Patty Loosen, 608-264-8994 or Paul Holtan, DNR parks and recreation public affairs manager, 608-267-7517

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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