REC and local elementary students plant pollinator garden

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative installed a pollinator garden at Chet Hobert Park with the help of students from Clarke County Public School’s DG Cooley Elementary.

The garden was planted next to the park’s substation and provides an improved view from the soccer fields and walking trail while also giving pollinators a safe space to do their important work.

Special signage shares facts about pollinators that are geared toward helping 4th grade students with their SOLs.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held by Clarke County officials on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the garden.

As part of the celebration, a representative from the Department of Forestry designated REC as a Tree Line USA utility for the 22nd straight year.

The award presented by the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes REC’s commitment to protecting and enhancing forestry.

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National Parks celebrate Public Lands Day

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

National Parks across the country are celebrating Public Lands Day with free admission today.

There are plenty of options within driving distance including the Shenandoah National Park, Harpers Ferry, and Fort McHenry National Monument among others.

Not only are the parks open for public use, there will also be volunteer opportunities at most parks such as clean ups, pollinator garden planting, and more.

National Public Lands Day is the country’s largest single-day volunteer event.

To learn more or find volunteer opportunities, click here.

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