Milford Volunteer Program Details:
Whole Foods Market – Milford is partnering with Solar Youth, a New Haven-based environmental education and youth development organization, by planning a Day of Service at Pond Lily Nature Preserve in the West Hills neighborhood of New Haven. This event is open to volunteers of all ages and anyone interested in the projects below at Pond Lily Nature Preserve.
Projects at Pond Lily Nature Preserve:
- Trash Removal
- Invasive Plant Removal (example: Japanese Knotweed)
- Trail Clearing
Details of Milford Volunteer Program at Pond Lily Nature Preserve:
- Sunday, September 8th
- Pond Lily Nature Preserve Location: Near junction of Routes 63 and 69 (100 yards up E. Ramsdell St. off Whalley Avenue in New Haven).
- Volunteer Hours: 10am – 12pm
- Lunch served 12pm
What to Wear:
- Old t-shirt
- Layers if it's a cloudy day
Snacks and Hydration:
- Please bring water bottles and water
- Please bring snacks if needed
- We will have moderate activities for children ages 5 and under if the need to play strikes; however, if you know your little one would enjoy something special, please bring it along to share!
- Whole Foods Market: Tiffany Chiappetta - firstname.lastname@example.org or 203.874.0883
- Solar Youth: Sarah Morrison - email@example.com or 203 387-4189
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Please park at the Pond Lily Nature Preserve lot or on the street new Pond Lily; we encourage carpooling and biking in, but there isn't any organized transportaiton to Pond Lily Nature Preserve.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email Tiffany.Chiappetta@wholefoods.com or call 203.874.0883 with questions.
Can I update my registration information?
Absolutely! Just log back into your registration and make any changes needed.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You can if you like, but we'll also have a check in sheet printed so you can save a tree and not bring your printed ticket if you prefer!
When & Where
Whole Food Market - Milford & Solar Youth
Whole Foods Market - Milford: Who are we? Well, we seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Add to that the excitement and fun we bring to shopping for groceries, and you start to get a sense of what we’re all about. Oh yeah, we’re a mission-driven company too.
Solar Youth: Solar Youth provides opportunities for young people to develop a positive sense of self and connection and commitment to others through programs that incorporate environmental exploration, leadership development and community service.
Solar Youth Stewards (youth participants) are playing a key role in the restoration of the Pond Lily Nature Preserve, a 14-acre tract of water and woodland in the West Hills neighborhood of New Haven. The West River flows, impeded by a dam built in 1794 to power a grist mill, through the center of the Preserve. Over the past several years, New Haven Land Trust, which acquired the land in 1996, Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound and other partners have planned for the dam’s removal to prevent flooding in the Town of Woodbridge and allow fish passage between Long Island Sound and points upstream from Pond Lily. The dam removal, slated for the summer of 2014, is the centerpiece of a broader transformation of Pond Lily, including reshaped river banks, native plantings, new trails, educational resources and removal of a significant quantity of solid waste. Solar Youth and its Stewards from West Hills, one of Solar Youth’s program sites, will help to coordinate the removal of solid waste from Pond Lily; contribute to the redesign of Pond Lily following the removal of the dam; and mobilize community residents to ensure Pond Lily’s stewardship over the long term.