Earth Day celebration coming to Castle Crags State Park

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Members of Mount Shasta Boy Scout Troop 97 supporting Earth Day 2017 at Castle Crags State Park. Contributed photo by John Schuyler.

In celebration of Earth Day 2018, Castle Crags State Park and the Mount Shasta Trail Association welcome the community to a volunteer work day in the park scheduled for Saturday, April 21. The public is invited to join a fun filled morning with friends and family.

Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Castle Crags State Park Entrance Station. Coffee, hot chocolate, and muffins will be available. After registration and a brief orientation, teams will be organized to restoration projects in the park beginning at 9 a.m.

This is an opportunity for youth groups, church groups, and other volunteers from the community to join in a worthwhile and earth friendly work day. No experience is required, and there is plenty of fun work for all skill levels.

Organizers are seeking volunteers to help with maintenance and restoration of trail and interpretive facilities, with a wide variety of hands-on projects to improve the experience of the park to guests.

The work is not heavy, and is limited to light trail work, bushing, litter removal, raking, and similar activities. Volunteers are encouraged to wear durable shoes, long sleeved pants and shirts, hats and sunglasses, and to bring gloves. Feel free to bring your own favorite tools, but work tools will also be provided. Lunch and water will be provided.

Volunteers are welcomed to spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying additional recreation in the park. In addition to free entrance on Saturday April 21 for families of working volunteers, families of the volunteers are also welcome to camp overnight for free.

The Mount Shasta Trail Association sponsors this 3rd annual Earth Day celebration. Its mission is to provide inspiring outdoor experiences, advance appreciation of the beauty of the Mt. Shasta area, and assist in educating the public in environmentally sound stewardship by designing, constructing, maintaining and using trails in the Mt. Shasta area.

For more information call the Park information line at 530-235-2684 or MSTA at 530-925-9287.

Castle Crags State Park is 10 minutes south of Dunsmuir accessed from the Castella exit on Interstate 5.