ALT Volunteer Happenings
JULY 2016 
STEWARDSHIP NEWS & EVENTS
ALT Launches Education Department, Needs Your Recycling
 
We’ve launched a new outdoor and environmental education initiative, and hired two staff members to manage the new education programs. 
 
We welcome Jessica Kester and Julie Travaglini, both formerly of The Outdoor Classroom, to our team to create additional educational opportunities, especially for school-aged children, at our conservation areas.
 
Over the coming months, Jessica & Julie will develop new programs for children and adults, and those programs will be offered across the region via our staff and via partnerships with municipalities, school districts, counties, non-profits, and others.
 
We have a few items on our wish list that we hope you can help us out with.
 
WISH LIST
- Empty Paper Towel & Toilet Paper Rolls
- Egg Cartons (non-plastic, non-styrofoam)
- Clean, Empty Gallon Jugs
- Pop Up Tent(s) for us to borrow for an outdoor event on August 27
 
Have any of these items that you're willing to donate or let us borrow? Contact Julie at jtravaglini@alleghenylandtrust.org.
 
Urban EcoSteward Program Changes
 
New trainings are posted on the Urban EcoStewards website! In addition to the skills trainings normally offered, prospective and current volunteers are invited to learn about the program at the first Urban EcoSteward Quarterly Training, which will be held Saturday, August 20th. Register, find training details, and log your volunteer hours HERE.
CURRENT VOLUNTEER NEEDS
Summer Volunteering
 
 
We've had a very busy summer, and have been very excited to see everyone logging your hours. If you haven't logged your hours yet, then be sure to e-mail Keri so we can keep track of your hard work. krouse@alleghenylandtrust.org
 
Right now we need the following:
Dog Days of Summer Volunteers - (Event Link) Join in for a fun day of geocaching, a best dressed dog contest, a potluck, and (of course) the great outdoors. We have a few volunteer positions to fill.
Bonfire Manager - Be the master of the fire by adding logs, kindling, and marshmallows when needed.
Slinger of Prizes & FoodWatch over the tent that harbors food and prizes for the day, and encourage attendees to try their luck for some prizes.
 
Want to take one of these roles? E-mail Julie jtravaglini@alleghenylandtrust.org.
 
Photographers - Calling all volunteers with an artistic eye! We are proud of our volunteers and their work and need help capturing the fun at our events or scenic photos of our lands. Sign up for one of our workdays, take a hike, and send your photos to ldill@alleghenylandtrust.org.
 
Conservation Area Monitors - As a nationally accredited Land Trust, we must maintain annual monitoring reports for each property. We ask for volunteer help in adding observations. You can report your observations using this online form
 
iNaturalist – Join the worldwide community of naturalists and record your findings on ALT lands. Use the app to identify or record observations of flora and fauna, just search for your favorite ALT project and help us build species lists. http://www.inaturalist.org/
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Earn Your Volunteer T-Shirt
Get your shirt by volunteering at three events, or by reporting 10 total hours. 
 
JULY 19, AUGUST 16 | 5 pm - 7 pm | #TRAILTUESDAY @ DMH
Lace up your boots, get outside, and lend a hand in helping improve local green space with the Allegheny Land Trust! Join us every third Tuesday (April-September) as we work to improve and expand the Dead Man's Hollow trail system from 6 to 10 miles by helping to build and improve trails, plant trees and native seeds, and remove trash and invasive plants. RSVP Here.
 
JULY 23 | 10 am - 12 pm | MONARCH MADNESS
Attend one of our first educational programs with ALT Education Staff as we explore the monarch habitat at Wingfield Pines, take part in a butterfly hunt, create butterfly crafts and play games related to the butterflies and their environment. We'll start the day by learning about larvae habitat, and the life cycle of monarchsRSVP Here.
 
JULY 26 | 6 pm - 9 pm | BONFIRE & BATS @ WINGFIELD PINES
Celebrate the summer while learning about bats at the Wingfield Pines wetland conservation area. This is an Urban EcoSteward Summer Gathering, but it's also open to the public. RSVP Here.
 
AUGUST 27 | 10 am - 2 pm | DOG DAYS OF SUMMER @ WINGFIELD PINES
Join us for this dog friendly geocaching event! Temporary caches will be filled with tickets for dogs to redeem for treats! There will be a (human) potluck lunch at noon, so bring something to share. We'll also have a best dressed dog contest at noon as well. Door prizes and contest prizes will also be awarded. Geocaching code: GC6M3PA. RSVP Here.
 
 
For all events: please wear appropriate footwear and outerwear. We will work rain or shine, but will reschedule in case of thunderstorm. Activities will require climbing over various surfaces, including wet and muddy areas. Attendees are asked to work at their own ability. Water, snacks, and tools provided. Please bring your own reusable water bottle if possible.
 
Contact Keri at krouse@alleghenylandtrust.org with questions.

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