Calf Island Conservancy organizes Spring spruce-up day

Join the Calf Island Conservancy boat trip to Calf Island for its annual spring Spruce-Up day on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers will assist in maintaining trails, picking up trash on the beaches, tending the young saplings in the native tree plantation and removing invasive plants, while also enjoying the natural setting. Children accompanied by an adult are encouraged to participate.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Boat transportation will be provided, courtesy of Beacon Point Marine in Cos Cob. Participants will be picked up by boat in Greenwich at the Grass Island public dock at the second (South) dock. To reach Grass Island, turn off Horseneck Lane onto Shore Road. First left leads to the dock.

The boat leaves at 9 a.m. and returns at 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to bring water, work gloves, pruners if possible, and encouraged to wear appropriate clothing for work and weather. The boat will land participants directly on the beach. Volunteers must be comfortable with climbing over the bow of the boat into shallow water.

To volunteer for the Spruce-Up, contact Lucy Guillet of the Calf Island Conservancy in advance at 203-637-4064, or by email to [email protected] Space on the boat is limited.

“Our annual Spring Spruce-Up day provides an opportunity for our members and others in the community to participate in the ongoing improvements we are making to the island and to raise our profile in Greenwich as a location for nature, wildlife and environmental education. Various youth and adult groups have conducted educational programs on the Island as well as maintaining and improving the Island,” said Paul Barbian, President of Calf Island Conservancy, in a press release.

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