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May 4, 2012

Events to celebrate I Love My Park Day

A free guided nature hike, tree planting, a bird walk and park cleanups will be among the celebrations statewide of I Love My Park Day on Saturday.

Organized by Parks & Trails New York in partnership with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, I Love My Park Day is designed to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.

Volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup, improvement and beautification events at state parks and historic sites Saturday.

Locally, the New York Power Authority will offer a free guided nature hike at 4 p.m. Saturday to search for signs of spring on trails located between the visitors' center for NYPA's Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project and Mine Kill State Park in North Blenheim.

Naturalist Ashley Drum with the state Parks Department will lead the walk and identify budding trees and bird calls along the way.

The hike covers easy terrain and is appropriate for walkers of all ages. Those interested should meet at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors' Center at 4 p.m., rain or shine. Participants should bring water, dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

The Friends of Glimmerglass State Park Nature Center will host three projects. A bird walk will be led from 8 to 10 a.m., looking for migrating warblers.

Participants can learn about spring birdsong at the park's Nature Center and take a walk with local birdwatcher Becky Gretton.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the Friends will host a tree planting. Gloves and boots are recommended.

The Friends of Glimmerglass State Park Stargazers will meet at the park for a program at 8 p.m. For information, call 547-8662.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., volunteers will gather at Max V. Shaul State Park in the town of Fulton.

The Friends of Max V. Shaul and Mine Kill State Parks will lead volunteers in raking out soil for a new playing field, planting trees and flower boxes, and spreading grass seed for the ball field. A hot-dog picnic lunch will be served at noon, with donations accepted.

Those who attend are asked to bring garden gloves, rakes, trowels, water, snacks and transplants and potting soil to share, if possible. For information, call (518) 827-4711.

At Bowman Lake State Park in Oxford, Chobani will sponsor a cleanup and trail-maintenance day from 9 a.m. to noon. Those who attend are asked to bring garden gloves, water and a snack. Volunteers will meet at the beach parking lot. For information, call 334-2718.

For more information about I Love My Park Day, visit www.ptny.org/ilovemypark.

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