Thursday, April 21, 2016

Annual KCC Spring Workday


Serious drainage improvements in action

 How would you feel if all your friends showed up at your house one spring day and offered to help out with all the yardwork projects you needed to do? Excited? Relieved? Grateful? Well, we felt all of those feelings and more last Saturday at our Annual Workday. Over 25 volunteers came to the Kellogg Conservation Center (KCC) to help us spruce up the grounds of this amazing historic property. Some of the folks who showed up have been volunteering for the ATC for decades; others had learned about the Workday through our outreach efforts and were checking out the property for the first time. Students from Berkshire School and Bard College at Simon’s Rock lent a hand and earned service credits in the process.


Edging the perennial bed






We had a long list of projects to complete including planting shrubs, improving fences for the farmer who grazes his sheep on our land, and fixing the driveway to prevent future washouts. Even though everyone was working hard, lively conversations could be overheard throughout the day. Life stories intermingled with stories about the AT, and there were more than a couple comments about the KCC’s bird population. The list seemed insurmountable, but bit by bit we were able to cross off each project. By the end of the day, we were all able to relax and enjoy a barbecue together.
Carpentry knowledge passed along



To make a long story short, the work we did at the Annual Workday would have been impossible to complete without the help of our dedicated and hardworking volunteers. A huge thank you to everyone who participated and we hope to see you again this summer! If you are interested in volunteering with the ATC, there are many opportunities to become involved – long term or just for a day! Please get in touch with Hannah, the KCC’s Trail Management Assistant, if you would like more information. Write to hchamberlain@appalachiantrail.org.
Heavy duty gravel work

Out with the old (boxwoods), in with the new!



A job well done