Volunteers can help during ‘Day of Caring’ at county parks

Volunteer day is Friday, June 28

PORT ORCHARD — Residents will have an opportunity to take part in the annual Kitsap County Day of Caring on Friday, June 28, by lending a hand to improve a number of county parks during the day.

Two parks — Howe Farm and Banner Forest — are the closest for South Kitsap residents to offer some muscle power and improve the preserved settings.

Howe Farm on Long Lake Road Southeast is a scenic, pastoral property that is home to an off-leash dog park, an apple orchard, open space land and an old heritage barn. Volunteers have been working hard on making improvements to the farm and would appreciate help, according to the county’s parks department.

During the Day of Caring project, volunteers will make improvements to the trail system and renovate the orchard area. While at the Howe Farm, volunteers also can learn more about the farm’s history and tour its garden spaces.

Banner Forest Heritage Park, on Banner Road Southeast and Southeast Overra Road, is a parcel of forested land in the south end of the county. The county said stewards have scouted a project that will make the park’s trail more sustainable.

Volunteers will be instructed how to construct an elevated section of trail while enjoying the sights and sounds of the evolving forest ecosystem and learning about the history of the park.

In Silverdale, work also will be done on a variety of projects at the Anderson Landing Preserve, on Anderson Hill Road.

The location, in Central Kitsap County Anderson Landing Preserve, offers a variety of ecosystems in its 66-acre expanse. Volunteers will be asked to help sweep off benches and boardwalks, pick up trash, and cut back brush on trails and remove invasive plants from the trail.

Tools and instructions will be provided at the locations, although helpers are asked to bring their own work gloves.

To sign up, visit www.volunteerkitsap.org and click on “26th Annual Day of Caring.” Volunteer check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. on June 28 at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion, 1200 NW Fairgrounds Rd., in Bremerton.

An extensive list of county projects is listed on the website.

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