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April 5, 2011

MADISON - People can help Wisconsin State Parks and Trails get ready for the busy summer season while helping celebrate Earth Day 2011 by participating in the third annual Work*Play*Earth Day! Events being sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks

Volunteers can join Department of Natural Resources staff, local friends group members, and people from nearby communities for a day of getting their hands dirty helping repair and improve park and trail facilities, then taking time to have some fun enjoying those facilities.

Some of the work volunteers will help out with include planting trees, raking campsites, repairing picnic tables, cleaning-up trails, and pulling invasive species.

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.

Each work day will run from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but the schedule may vary slightly at each location. Volunteers should wear work boots or athletic shoes, long pants and bring their own work gloves. Lunch and snacks, donated by area businesses, will be served at many locations.

Work*Play*Earth Day events are schedule on five consecutive Saturdays in April and early May at nine parks and trails around the state.

Advanced registration is free, but required. People can register through the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website []

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jenna Assmus -(608) 264-8994 or by email at

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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