Volunteers needed for Park Day 2017

Published 12:27 am Friday, March 31, 2017

NATCHEZ — The Natchez National Historical Park is looking for volunteers to roll up their sleeves Saturday to help the local national park.

Saturday is Park Day at more than 130 National Park Service sites in 30 states, and the local park will host a volunteer event from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Fort Rosalie.

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Park supporters, community leaders and preservationists will team up with the Civil War Trust to for the volunteer day, which is in its 20th year.

The needs at Fort Rosalie include picking up trash, raking leaves and placing mulch around trees.

Volunteers can park at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center at 640 S. Canal St. and walk to the south entrance of Fort Rosalie at the intersection of Green and South Canal streets.

Once on site, volunteers will assemble at the picnic tables to receive instructions.

The first 40 volunteers will receive a free T-shirt courtesy of the Civil War Trust.

The park will supply a limited amount of rakes, wheelbarrows and trash bags. Volunteers should wear clothing suitable for outdoor labor, and work gloves are encouraged. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own rakes.

Park Day will kick off a weekend of events at Natchez park sites, including a living history event Sunday at Melrose.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, NPS intern C.J. Dee will conduct an equestrian program at Melrose on the Third U.S. Colored Cavalry of the Civil War.

The program is geared toward educating attendees on the cavalry regiment composed of formerly enslaved men from the region and white officers from the North.