Volunteers needed at Black Jack Battlefield for 2016 Park Day on April 2

Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park News Release

Contacts: Meg Martin, Civil War Trust, (202) 367-1861 ext. 7231
Kerry Altenbernd, Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park (785) 842-6478, kaltenbernd@blackjackbattlefield.org

The Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park seeks volunteers for Park Day 2016

Baldwin City, Kansas – In the aftermath of our nation’s commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, volunteers across the country will once again answer their nation’s call to service – only these dedicated men, women, and children will be armed with rakes, shovels, and other tools.

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, 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 of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Park Day is the nationwide volunteer effort created by the Civil War Trust to assist local groups with the maintenance of historic sites.

This annual hands-on preservation event comprises 130 sites in 29 states. Individuals of all ages and ability levels are welcome. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers can receive t-shirts and learn the site’s history from local experts.

This is the 8th 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 upgrade nature trails, clear brush around the stone bridge, remove invasive plants from restored prairie, pick up litter and debris from winter storms, and generally spruce up the Battlefield and the Park to get ready for this year's touring season. There will be work for both adults and children. Volunteers should have gloves, wear sturdy clothing and footwear, and consider bringing appropriate tools. For updated information about Park Day at Black Jack, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Black-Jack-Battlefield-and-Nature-Park-35271053812/.

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

WHEN: April 2, 2016, 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 and most effective nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. Although primarily focused on the protection of Civil War battlefields, through its Campaign 1776 initiative, the Trust also seeks to save the battlefields connected to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. To date, the Trust has preserved close to 43,000 acres of battlefield land in 23 states. To learn more, visit the Civil War Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org and the Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park’s website at www.blackjackbattlefield.org.

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Note: For a complete list of participating Park Day sites, visit http://www.civilwar.org/aboutus/events/park-day/
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Phone: (202) 367-1861 • Fax: (202) 367-1865 • E-mail: info@civilwar.org
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