Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Help Beautify a Westchester Treasure

Yale Day of Service in Westchester returns to the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, May 10. Volunteers last year (above) created a butteryfly garden (YWAA photo)

Yale alumni and family can still register to volunteer at one of four Westchester sites for Yale Day of Service, May 10.  Click YDoS to sign up.   Yale president Peter Salovey '86 Ph.d. announced the honorary chairs of this year's Day of Service. They are George H.W. Bush '48 and George W. Bush '68 and current Westchester residents Bill Clinton '73 JD and Hillary Clinton '73 JD. Lisa Chapman '81 MBA is the national coordinator, and Suzanne Burger '82 leads Westchester's efforts.

Below Regina Possavino '01, site coordinator at Cross River, encourages alumni, family and friends to join her and others at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation to help in planting, cleaning and whatever needs to be done to spruce up the park.
For all of you Northern Westchester alumni looking to participate in the Yale Day of Service on Saturday, May 10, we’d like to draw your attention to the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation service site in Cross River.  

At 4,315 acres, Ward Pound Ridge is Westchester County’s largest park and Biodiversity Reserve area.  The park boasts a varied terrain and miles of wooded trails and provides a variety of activities in all seasons.  The park’s boundaries once housed over 30 farms, which were gradually purchased by Westchester County before the park was officially dedicated as Pound Ridge Reservation in 1938. 

Come and help beautify this Westchester treasure just in time for its peak season. The day’s activities will depend on the size, abilities, and willingness of our volunteer group, but they may include one or more of the following: planting perennials and laying mulch around the entrance to the park, installing new info' boards and cedar posts at trail heads, re-planting saplings where the park’s famed cathedral pines once stood, and installing deer fencing around replacement trees.

Given the park’s vastness, there are endless project possibilities, so family, friends, and children are all encouraged to participate!

Jeff Main, the park manager of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, led the YDoS group last year in creating a butterfly garden near the park’s visitor center (see photo) and regaled the volunteers with stories of the park’s history, traditions and ecology as they worked. Jeff will be leading the Yale volunteer group again this year, promising both a fun and educational day.

Click Yale Day of Service to register for this service site, or contact Regina Possavino '01 at 914-977-3532914-977-3532914-977-3532 or for more information.

Ward Pound Ridge, where Yale alumni volunteered last year (above), is Westchester's largest park. (YWAA photos)

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