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The Friends' Garden Team had a successful planting campaign this past weekend--they had 18 volunteers in three sessions, planting 2,400 grass stems on East Beach in seven hours.  Our volunteers included one scout from Craig’s troop with his dad, three Staples HS students from the Green Club, four master gardeners (Barrie, Peggy, Pamela & Orna) and their families, long-time volunteers Lavinia & Pat, new volunteer Heather Williams, and board members Chris and Michele.  Barrie brought home-made blueberry muffins to keep us fortified. The yellow vest team made a splash, with lots of park visitors asking about their work. Look for their yellow vests!

  Early Bird Earth Day Saturday, April 17, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Get a jump on your Earth Day festivities by making a trip to the park. The island will be buzzing with activity. Look for kites and model airplanes in the air. Try your hand at disc golf. And be sure to stop by and visit us at one of our information tables to learn more about upcoming programs, speakers, and events. We’ll be set up on the East Beach walking trail near the Nature Center, at the 9-11 Memorial, and near the West Beach Bath House.   One Tree Planted Grant Thanks to the efforts of UConn Master Gardener and Friends Garden Team volunteer, Pamela Nobumoto, we have received a grant for $1,500 from One Tree Planted. The funds are being used to purchase 125 native trees and shrubs which will be planted on April 23 and 24. Want to help plant? Email to sign up. Upcoming Events How to Grow Raspberries & Blueberries Mini-Lesson April 18 from 2 to 4 PM At the Nature Center. Six plants will be given away to members.   Plant a Celebration Tree Support our Tree Campaign - One Hundred Trees for One Hundred Years. Plant a celebration tree and let the memory of a loved one live on in nature. Learn more at   Shorefest-on-a-Roll Rolled Over 150 people came for the lobster rolls and a fantastic family drive through the park in October. A podcast high-lighting the history and fabulous features of the 236 acre park accom-panied visitors for the drive (and is available on our website if you missed it), along with musical performances, disc golf exhibitions, whirligigs, exotic kites, and model plane flyovers. It was a wonderful afternoon that built awareness of the park while raising funds.