In observance of Martin Luther King Day, Delaplane, Virginia, will host a “Day of Service” on January 17, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Community members who are looking for a way to give back are encouraged to come out to the park and get involved in our Invasive Species Removal Day.
Non-native plant species like garlic mustard adversely affect the areas which they invade. They can quickly take root and can out-compete native species for resources such as nutrients, light, physical space, water or food. At Sky Meadows State Park, invasive species are displacing native wildflowers along many of the park’s hiking trails.
You can help by joining Trish Bartholomew, the park’s Natural History Interpreter, at the Historic Mount Bleak House at 11:00 a.m. Trish will talk briefly about the invasive species in the park and give instruction on proper plant removal. Then, you’ll spend the day out in the park removing some of the invaders while enjoying the beauty of Sky Meadow in the winter.
Be sure to dress for the weather! Wear hiking boots and bring work gloves and a garden trowel. For more information about this event, please contact Sky Meadows State Park at 540-592-3556.