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Volunteers sought for Park Day cleanup at Antietam Battlefield

March 18, 2008

On Saturday, April 5, volunteers from around the country will team up with the Civil War Preservation Trust to help clean and restore America's historic battlefields, cemeteries and shrines. The nationwide effort, known as Park Day, will include nearly 80 historic sites in 24 states.

Antietam National Battlefield is again participating in this year's Park Day activities. Volunteers are needed to clean up trails and stream banks, as well as help plant 2000 seedlings as part of a riparian buffer/restoration effort.

The battlefield will provide any needed equipment; however, participants are asked to dress for the weather, bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes or boots. In addition, leather work gloves are recommended.

Park Day, now in its 12th year, is an annual hands-on preservation event created by the preservation group in which local groups and interested individuals can help with the maintenance of Civil War sites. Participants gather at the sites to help with activities that range from trash pick-up to trail building. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers receive T-shirts and have an opportunity to learn about the significance of the site.

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Anyone wishing to participate in Antietam's Park Day should meet at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 5. Volunteer projects will wrap up at noon and all volunteers can attend a special interpretive program from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. In the event of bad weather, the event will be postponed until Saturday, April 12.

Antietam National Battlefield is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information about Washington County's five national parks, eight state parks, and more than 35 museums, see www.marylandmemories.com.

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