Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Burgess Falls Park Plans Volunteer Day

A number of state parks in the area are holding events on Saturday. Burgess Falls State Park staff will team up with the White County Girl Scouts and Putnam County Master Gardeners for the Third Annual Volunteer Workday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the park. Groups will work together to remove invasive exotic plants, in addition to weeding and mulching 20,000 square feet of the park’s award-winning Butterfly Garden. Volunteers will also plant more than 550 native plants, trees and ferns to help increase native habitat. Nearly 100 Girl Scouts are signed up to attend the volunteer workday and participants will receive a birdhouse, donated by the Friends of Burgess Falls. Meawnhile, Cordell Hull Birthplace will conduct a Spring Wildflower Hike on Saturday. Folklore, medicinal and edible use plant identification will be discussed. Hikers should meet at the Bunkum Cave trailhead at 10 a.m. and the Edgar Evins State Park’s staff will have a Spring Celebration on Saturday, with a variety of activities, including face painting, egg hunts, a live snake program, pontoon boat rides, bird walks, wildflower walks and butterfly identification walks.