Some of you may have heard of, or even have been involved in, the United Way's 2009 "Make a Difference Day," a national day of volunteer service during which groups of volunteers pair up with local agencies to participate in projects aimed at development of the community. This past weekend, the Environmental Learning Center was fortunate enough to be a part of MAD Day 2009, when we hosted three groups of volunteers from the Fort Collins community. Members of Timberline Church, The Meeting Place, and Mountain View Community Church, as well as a handful of students from the CSU Key Service Community awoke extra early Saturday morning in the cold and dark to help finalize our organic garden for winter. The day consisted of hand tilling soil, mixing loads of our home grown compost, and covering garden beds with mulch in order to protect from the cold winter months.
The turnout for MAD day 2009 was great, and our volunteers completed the project much quicker than expected. On the whole, the day was full of fun and hard work, and I'm glad the ELC could participate in a program facilitating so much community interaction and service learning.
Our next opportunity for service at the ELC will be this Saturday, October 31st, or HALLOWEEN in other words! From 10am to 1pm volunteers will be reconstructing and maintaining the infamous trail system at the Nature Center, and improving the naturalness of our public grounds. I hope we will see just as many bright smiling faces in the cold and dark, ready to work for a few short hours in the morning. Also don't forget our Halloween Fright Night this Friday from 5pm to 7pm. Hope to see you there!