Jarrett Nature Center
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The Jarrett Nature Center needs YOU! With just an hour of your time, you can help maintain our beautiful grounds, work with students during their outdoor science class time, or provide a unique service or program. We also welcome the you to join the Advisory Committee that meets every third Thursday of the month to discuss best practices in maintaining the grounds and ways to best serve our hatboro-Horsham students and community. If any of these areas interest you or you are looking for other ways to volunteer, please contact JNC Coordinator Kathleen Gipson at KGipson@hatboro-Horsham.org or 215-350-9573.
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As you plan your employee community outreach activities this year, please consider a day of service to the Jarrett Nature Center (JNC). It is located on the campus shared by Simmons Elementary School and Hatboro-Horsham High School. Each year over 2,000 students have lessons in the nature center. The approximately 10- acre site includes a pond, stream, woods, meadow and wetland.
Most of the effort to maintain and improve the habitat quality of the nature center is accomplished by volunteers. Green-Up Days take place the second Saturday morning of spring and fall months. Local scout troops also schedule service hours in the JNC. Several local businesses also plan a day for employees to volunteer. Typical activities include maintaining trails, removing invasive plants, weeding and planting.
Other ways you could support the Jarrett Nature Center include adopting a spot such as the fern trail or native plant garden to maintain at your convenience, sharing your expertise in managing some aspect of native habitats, or making a donation toward purchase of native plants or a special project.
Please contact me, if you would like to schedule a time to volunteer, or would like more information.
Thank you for your consideration,
Kathleen Gipson, Jarrett Nature Center Coordinator
(215) 350- 9537
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