‘Heart Your Park’ Day of Service Workdays Happening This Spring!

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation is proud to partner with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to provide volunteer opportunities at public parklands across Corpus Christi. The “Heart Your Park” program is funded by CITGO and guided by the NRPA to engage communities in preserving and improving parklands for people and wildlife. There will be three opportunities this spring to get involved.

On March 5, residents 16 and up are invited to volunteer at the Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge, 909 Ennis Joslin Rd, Corpus Christi. Volunteers will be helping to do a general clean-up of the site, including trash pickup, weed removal, and other tasks.

On March 19, volunteers ages 16 and up will be working to clean up the butterfly garden area at Hans & Suter Wildlife Refuge to prepare for spring and summer butterfly populations. We will be removing overgrowth, clearing plants harmed by the 2021 freeze, and adding new plants to this area.

On April 23, we invite residents ages 16 and up to assist with a coastline clean-up at Doddridge Park, 3814 Ocean Dr, along Corpus Christi Bay. We will be picking up trash and other debris along the shoreline to help keep it out of the bay.  

Interested volunteers should register at https://register.ccparkandrec.com one week before each event. All registered volunteers will get a t-shirt, water bottle, and lunch for their time. The volunteer workdays will last from 9 a.m. until noon, and all other needed supplies will be provided.

“Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation is excited about the opportunity being provided by the NRPA and CITGO to engage our community in conservation. Through our efforts at the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and other nature sites, we hope to teach our residents how to best live alongside nature and wildlife,” said Sara Jose, preserve manager. “These projects will allow local volunteers to have ownership, familiarity, and buy-in for the plants in our community green spaces.”

“NRPA is proud to serve as the national leader for the ‘Heart Your Park’ Day of Service,” said Ayanna Williams, NRPA director of community and environmental resilience. “Offering opportunities for hands-on volunteer service in your local park is another way we can help advance parks, recreation, and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people of all ages. It’s a win-win for park agencies and corporations.”

For more information about this event and the preserve, call (361) 826-3432 or visit www.osopreserve.com. We invite you to … ‘Come and Be Amazed!”

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department is dedicated to providing quality, affordable enrichment programs for all ages and interests. For more information about the wide variety of programs and services offered by the department, visit www.ccparkandrec.com.

Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request and in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation, please call (361) 826-3432 at least 48 hours in advance.

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