Park rangers at Weir Farm National Historic Site and the Weir Preserve are establishing a new trail between the park and the preserve, and officials are hoping to recruit some helpful volunteers to pitch in. On Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., volunteers are needed for a trail restoration event as part of National Trails Day and Connecticut Trails Weekend.

Work will include removing unwanted vegetation, adjusting trail tread, and sensitive disposal of brush and debris. Join your local national park in an effort to improve park trails for neighbors, hikers, school groups, dog walkers, and visitors.

The Connecticut Trails Weekend celebration is part of National Trails Day, a nationwide hiking initiative established by the American Hiking Society in 1993. Trails Day encourages the public and outdoor enthusiasts nationwide to seek out their favorite trails while participating in numerous events held in each state. Connecticut Forest and Park Association has been coordinating the state’s participation since National Trails Day began. In 2017, Connecticut’s celebration featured 236 trail events in over 100 towns. Connecticut may be the third smallest state in the nation, but it’s big on enthusiasm for trails with thousands of people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and interests coming together each year with a simple, united goal in mind—to celebrate trails.

Registration is free, but space is limited, so please call early to secure a spot. To register or for more information, please call 203.834.1896 ext. 28. Tools, gloves, and water will be provided. Proper attire for the activity includes sturdy closed toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and hats. Sunscreen, insect repellent, and a bottle for water are recommended. This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for ages 10 and up, with parent or guardian supervision required for participants less than 18 years of age. Prior to the event, volunteer agreement forms must be signed by each volunteer, or a legal guardian if the volunteer is less than 18 years of age.