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January 6, 2010 > Volunteer garden clean-up

Volunteer garden clean-up

By Meenu Gupta

Growing urban infrastructure poses a threat to the natural habitat. Since 1971 Tri-City Ecology Center (TCEC) has been actively protecting the natural environment. The non-profit volunteer-led organization has established a local recycling center and protected Tri-city watersheds and wetlands among its varied efforts to preserve the environment. "We have made our year-end donations, both book and cash. Cash donations went to Ohlone Humane Society, LEAF and Bay Nature. We may donate to others after further discussion in January. Our book donations to the Tri-City Alameda County Libraries include PBS's "Saving the Bay" (DVD) and Ken Burns' "The National Parks, America's Best Idea" among others. The books will be donated this month," said Donna Olsen, chair TCEC. The organization also donates books for the children's library every year to Abode Services.

There are various ways in which people can lend support to maintain the natural resources that promise us a good quality of life - clean water and fresh air. Use cloth bags instead of plastic bags, conserve energy and water, and make a donation to the ecology center. Those interested to join the center may do so by completing the membership application available online. TCEC members receive the Eco-Logic newsletter suggesting ways they can get involved in environmental issues.

As a parent or teacher you can provide ecological education to children. Contact the center to learn more about their outreach programs, or if you are interested in applying for a Youth Eco-Grant. "We need volunteers for help in our garden, which we have been working on since 1996, at the Local History Museum. The garden needs an ongoing monthly crew to keep it up," said Olsen. Work day at the garden, Local History Museum is held every second Saturday of each month , unless it is raining. Wear clothes that can get dirty and bring clippers, small garden tools, some garden tools will be provided. "It is a social get-together as well, we talk as we take out weeds and prune," said Olsen.

Those interested may call (510) 793-6222 or just drop in on Saturday. Students can get credit for their high school service hours requirement by choosing some volunteer activities. Let's take a step to nurture our environment so that nurtures us.

Saturday, January 9
9:30 a.m. to Noon
Local History Museum
190 Anza St., Fremont
(510) 793-6222

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