Atwood Park Invents Citizens To Help Out on Saturdays

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford Park District's Atwood Center in Seth B. Atwood Park welcomes help from citizens to maintain and preserve areas of the park's 334 acres while enjoying the outdoors. The Park District's second-largest park is uniquely diverse, with prairie, woodland, river, and wetland areas that need special attention.

The public is invited to join the Environmental Recreation and Education staff on the second Saturday of the month from March 9 through September 14, 2013 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. for a brief lesson about the area to be worked on, then pitching in to help with some maintenance. All ages are welcome; youth under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Snacks will be provided. Families and other types of groups can enjoy spending time together while knowing their contributions of time and effort help benefit nature and the community; - groups of five or more are asked to call 815-874-7576 in advance to advise Atwood staff of attendance. '

The next Stewardship Saturdays will be March 9, April 13, May 11, and June 8, 2013. The full list of all Stewardship dates can be found in the Rockford Park District Spring/Summer 2013 Program Guide available at and at Park District offices and facilities, or by calling Atwood Center or Customer Service. These are drop-in sessions, with no pre-registration required. This series is just one of many free family-friendly activities offered by the Rockford Park District. More information on Atwood programs, facility rentals, and group activities and retreats is available at For information on disability support and accessibility for people with disabilities, call Customer Service at 815-987-8800.

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