Volunteers Needed To ‘Get Dirty For Dane’ - Day Of Volunteer Stewardship This Saturday

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 --- 9:35 a.m.

From the Office of the Dane County Executive:

Volunteers are still needed to ‘Get Dirty for Dane’ by participating in a variety of environmental stewardship projects across the county this Saturday, May 12th, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced today.

The Dane County The Dane County Environmental Council and outdoor retailer REI are teaming up on the event – focused on connecting county residents to nature through a day of volunteer service.

Individuals or large groups are encouraged to sign up for a number of diverse projects – including prairie restoration, invasive species removal, and the tidying of land and water trails. Minimal experience is necessary, and volunteers will be trained on-site before work begins.

Each site will also have prizes and giveaways, courtesy of the county’s community partners. Volunteers can help out for hours or an entire day. A current listing of project descriptions with links to sign up can be found below, or online at REI.com/Madison under events listed as ‘Get Dirty for Dane.’

“’Dirty for Dane’ is the perfect chance to get outside and experience all that Dane County has to offer. Our natural spaces, lakes, and waterways are world-class, and it’s up to us to protect them,” said Parisi. “I encourage people to sign up for one of these worthwhile projects, and bring along a friend or two as well.”

Events across the county are being coordinated by the Dane County Environmental Council (DCEC) and REI. The Council assists groups in recognizing and protecting natural areas in Dane County and assumes an educational role in the awareness, conservation and protection of the environment. REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship.

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