Posted by: Kirsten | Wednesday, 1 April 2009

First Weekend in April a Busy One!

Get Busy!

21st Annual Potomac Watershed clean up (Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia) — The National Parks will join in the annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon on April 4. The Potomac River provides 480 million gallons of drinking water to the Washington area and 100 millions of ground water to rural regions. Since 1989, more than 40,000 volunteers have teamed with 300 partner organizations to tug over 1,500 tons of trash from the watershed’s streams, rivers and bays. For more information, please contact Toni Braxton at 202/619-7174.

Monocacy National Battlefield clean up day (Maryland) — Volunteers are invited to participate in the annual clean up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 4. Individuals or groups have an opportunity to join National Park Service staff in caring for one of America’s special treasures. A ranger program will be provided at the conclusion of the event. Register by calling 301/662-3515. For more information, please contact Toni Braxton at 202/619-7174.

Bell & History Days (Maryland) — Monocacy National Battlefield will join other Historic Consortium sites in opening the spring season with emphasis on Frederick, Maryland’s contributions to local and national history with Bell & History Days, April 4 and April 5.

Activities will include a model train display illustrating the railroad’s vital role in the Civil War. Ranger programs are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, please contact Barbara Justice at 301/662-3515.

Shiloh tribute to Civil War battle (Tennessee) — On April 4 and 5, Civil War reenactors will establish a Confederate camp at Shiloh National Military Park in honor of the 147th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh. This living history weekend will include the battlefield encampments, live-fire historic weapon and tactical demonstrations, naval presentations and Civil War era music. Cost is $3 per person; $5 per family. For event information, call the Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center at 731/689-5696. For more information, please contact Joe Davis at 731/689-5696.

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