Park Day volunteers needed at Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park

Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park Media Advisory

Contact: Kerry Altenbernd, (785) 842-6478

Volunteers needed to clean up the Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park

Baldwin City, Kansas – More than 150 years after the first shots of the Civil War were fired, another wave of volunteers is about to descend on America’s storied battlegrounds – only this array of dedicated men and women will be armed with rakes, shovels, and other tools.

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, history buffs and preservationists from around the country will team up with the Civil War Trust to help clean and restore America’s priceless battlefields, cemeteries and shrines. The nationwide effort – dubbed Park Day – is underwritten with a grant from History™ and has been endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Park Day, now in its 16th year, is an annual hands-on preservation event created by the Trust to assist local groups with the maintenance of Civil War sites. This year, more than 100 sites in 25 states are expected to take part in the effort, with activities ranging from trash removal to trail building. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers receive t-shirts and learn the site’s history from local experts.

This is the 4th year that the Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park will be one of the sites benefitting from Park Day related activities. Volunteers are needed to improve the Black Jack Nature Trail by clearing and removing junk, trash, and debris, and to generally spruce up the Battlefield and the Park to get ready for this year's touring season. Volunteers should bring water, gloves, yard and garden tools, and wear sturdy clothing and footwear. For more information about Park Day at Black Jack, please contact Kerry Altenbernd, 785-883-2106, or events@blackjackbattlefield.org.

What: National “Park Day” historic preservation event at Black Jack

When: March 31, 2012, beginning at 9:00 AM - Rain or Shine

Where: Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park, 163 E 2000 Road, Wellsville, Kansas (3 miles east of Baldwin City, KS)
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Please visit the Civil War Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial, and the Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park’s website at www.blackjackbattlefield.org.

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(For a complete list of participating Park Day sites, visit http://www.civilwar.org/parkday/)

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