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Stone Wall Workshop For National Public Lands Day



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Stone Wall Workshop For National Public Lands Day

WILTON AND RIDGEFIELD — On Saturday, September 20, the National Park Service and Weir Preserve Stewardship Committee will host a hands-on stone wall repair workshop for National Public Lands Day.

Participants will begin the day at 9 am at Weir Farm National Historic Site, with a park ranger-led discussion about why stone walls are significant landscape features at the site and in the region. The workshop will continue with a demonstration of stone wall construction, followed by the opportunity for participants to try their own hand at wall repair.

The work focuses on the restoration of stone walls at the border between Weir Farms NHS and the Weir Preserve of the Nature Conservancy.

The historic site’s main entrance is at 735 Nod Hill Road in Wilton; the park straddles property in Ridgefield and Wilton.

For anyone who has ever been curious to learn just how the stone walls in New England were made, this is a perfect opportunity to learn how. Many of the skills learned during this workshop can help participants repair or build stone walls on their own property.

Participants should arrive with work gloves, sturdy footwear, and clothing that is appropriate for outdoor work. Protective eyewear is suggested. Drinking water will be provided, but individuals may choose to bring their own water bottles. Families are welcome.

For more information or to register for the workshop contact Weir Farm NHS at 203-834-1896 ext 12 by Friday, September 19.

National Public Lands Day volunteers maintain the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an army of three million Americans who, in the 1930s, countered the devastation of the Dust Bowl and the American Chestnut blight by planting more than three billion trees, building bridges in 800 state parks, and fighting forest fires. The CCC alumni have recognized National Public Lands Day as the event that maintains their magnificent legacy of caring for the land.

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