Arboretum Volunteer Planting & Stream Restoration Days

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Photo: Courtesy of Friends of the National Arboretum

The Friends of the National Arboretum needs your help with the continued care of the newly restored Springhouse Run, a stream that runs through the grounds of the Arboretum and into the Anacostia River. The stream has been beautifully restored with pools, riffles, rocks and a waterfall. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, they have planted more than 30,000 native plants grown from locally collected seed. You can help in caring for this new little ecosystem by pulling invasive weeds, planting a few more shrubs and perennials and picking up trash. No experience required. Volunteer days and times are Thursdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; 10 a.m. to noon and Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to noon. Must be 16 or older to volunteer. Register at fona.org/planting.