As of Friday, April 5, 2013
PORTLAND — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to join its park rangers for the annual Earth Day event Saturday, April 20, at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center and Seufert Park.
This year, park rangers will host a spring clean-up in the historic Seufert rose garden. This turn-of-the century garden is home to a wide variety of antique roses. Volunteers are needed to help pull weeds, prune, and offer a little tender loving care.
“A bit of spring cleaning can go a long way to help a small garden flourish and maintain its health and beauty throughout the year,” Park Ranger Amber Tilton said.
Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:45 a.m., and work will conclude around noon. Guests are welcome to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the view of Mount Hood at one of the park’s many picnic tables. Participants will enjoy an afternoon tour of the dam’s visitor facilities, including the east fish ladder and powerhouse.
Gloves and other gardening tools will be available, however volunteers are welcome to bring their own. The Corps recommends volunteers bring comfortable clothing, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, long pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes.
Earth Day is a nationwide volunteer initiative promoting conservation and awareness of environmental issues. Since its establishment in 1970, it has grown internationally. To learn more about Earth Day, visit www.earth
The Dalles Dam Visitor Center and Seufert Park are located just north of Interstate 84 at exit 87. Turn east onto Bret Clodfelter Way and follow the road to the visitor center. For more information, contact The Dalles Lock and Dam Ranger Office at 541-506-7857 or visit http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil.