Friends of Thrifton Hill Park
Here are some ways to help out:
1. Remove invasive plants, pick up trash, and clean up graffiti during Park Cleanup Days. Projects include clipping and removing ivy at the base of trees and digging up invasive plants like bush honeysuckle. It can be really inspiring to see the difference you can make in just a few hours.
2. Plant trees and shrubs, mulch them to prevent invasive plants, and install tree trunk guards for saplings. All plants and supplies provided by the county.
3. Adopt a tree or section of the park to keep free of invasive
plants. It is a great family project and you can take pride in seeing
your tree emerging from the vines and growing strong. Taking care of your tree involves removing vines and the base of the tree, then simply checking on your tree once a month to be sure it is growing strong and is free of invasive plants. The county will also provide free mulch and tree trunk guards for saplings. Pictured at right is a Virginia pine planted at Nature Day and a neighborhood child who planted and adopted the tree.
4. Build and install nesting boxes for native birds, flying squirrel, bees, and bats. Several girl scout troops have offered to build houses, but we need a neighbor to be a point of contact and maybe even to help dig postholes and mount houses to trees.
6. Be a leader for one-time projects like those listed under Latest News.
7. Help write grants, promote events, and distribute flyers.
8. Be the Maywood tree coordinator getting free county frees in May and setting up a tree tour with the help of a county naturalist.
We welcome help from neighbors, scouts, or volunteer service groups. Projects can be part of normally scheduled cleanup days or can be scheduled for a day/time that works for the troop or group.
Attention Girl Scouts: Troops can participate and earn badges and patches in Get With the Land, Invasive Plant, Water Drop, Growing Native, Plants and Animals, and Outdoors in the City, Eco-Action, and Environmental Health. For inspiration, check out real life projects in Alaska and Connecticut.
Thrifton Hill Park, 2814 23rd Street North, Arlington, VA 22201