Sunday visitors to the Mt. Gilead State Park saw the results of two groups of youth who came out for clean-up days. Tri-Rivers sophomores came on Wednesday and worked the whole time in the rain. They were able to weed the prairie hill by the basketball court, spread mulch and clear the Overlook Trail and pick up tree limbs in preparation for mowing.
Four 4-H clubs worked on Saturday and trimmed, cleaned and planted flower beds, raked leaves, pulled garlic mustard and repaired six picnic tables. We send a big thank you to these young people and their advisors in both groups and to the Gleaners for providing the plants.
The first VIP breakfasts of the season on Saturday and Sunday were well attended. The next breakfasts will be served on May 24, 25, and 26, Memorial Day weekend.
During the Spring Fest on Saturday fifteen people took a wildflower walk and sampled violet and dandelion jelly when they returned to the Nature Center. The early wild flowers are gone, but the large flowered trilliums, May apples, violets, Dutchman’s breeches and wild ginger are in full bloom. People have looked for morel mushrooms, but none have been reported at the park.
Thank you to Kim Harvey for taking very good care of our corn snake and rabbit and loaning us her box turtle. They are back now for the summer and the Nature Center will be open on weekends through May. We will be looking for volunteers to host the center during the summer.
The “WEE” Discover preschool program continues on Thursdays through May 29 and will end with a picnic for everyone. Preschoolers from the Mount Gilead school will be visiting the park on Wednesday and doing similar activities.
On Tuesday, the Morrow Environmental Education Committee will host the annual Earth Day for all Morrow County second graders. Over 400 are expected.
The 2014 season is in full swing at the Mount Gilead State Park!