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There’ll be plenty to do outside on Saturday as parks, trails and tributary cleanups are planned across the state, including in Saratoga, Washington and Warren counties.

I Love My Park Day is organized by Parks & Trails New York, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and other organizations.

Volunteers are encouraged to attend and help remove debris and invasive species and to enhance sites through gardening and trail restoration, among other activities. In 2017, more than 8,000 volunteers worked on more than 250 projects at 125 sites across the state, according to a release.

Events with Parks & Trails New York can be registered for in advance at ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day. Some local events this Saturday include the following:

Washington County

  • 9 a.m. to noon, Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area, Blackhouse Road, Fort Edward: Work with DEC staff on projects that include trash cleanup and trail maintenance. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves, water and a snack. For questions, contact 518-623-1241 or email jed.hayden@dec.ny.gov.

Warren County

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake George Beach (Million Dollar Beach), Beach Road, Lake George: Work with DEC staff on mulching and landscaping, picking up litter and debris, raking leaves, collecting brush and planting trees in pots that volunteers may take home. Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels, rakes and work gloves.

Saratoga County

  • 9 a.m. to noon, Saratoga National Historical Park, Saratoga Battlefield Visitors Center, Saratoga Springs: Multiple projects planned, including cleaning up of the Neilson House, cleaning battlefield monuments, placing maps and installing benches along 2 miles of trails, gardening at the visitors center and preparing picnic areas. For more information, call 518-670-2983 or email william_valosin@nps.gov.
  • 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saratoga Spa State Park, south lawn of administrative building, Saratoga Springs: Parks & Trails New York has three projects in this park. They include upgrading the mall walkways, spreading wood chips in playgrounds and gardening. For more information, call 518-584-2000 or email jenny.emmons@parks.ny.gov.
  • 9 to 11 a.m., U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site, 1000 Mt. McGregor Road, Gansevoort: Activities include grounds work, organizing the gift shop and cleaning the visitor center. For more information, call 407-637-9716 or email director@grantcottage.org.

Some environmental groups are also hosting cleanups, including Riverkeeper, which is celebrating the 7th Riverkeeper Sweep along the Hudson River and its tributaries. The annual event has hosted 495 projects from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks and removed 191 tons of debris since 2012, according to a release.

Other local events include the following:

  • 1 to 4 p.m., Rail Road Place, North Creek: Work with Riverkeeper staff on removing invasive species and cleaning up the Hudson River. Volunteers can register online or contact site leaders Peter Horvath or Beth Maher at phorvath@buffalo.edu and bethmaher@hotmail.com.
  • 9 a.m. to noon, Battenkill Conservancy’s Community Paddle and “Collect a Can” Clean Up Day, multiple locations: The conservancy will have three riverfront cleanup sites where volunteers can help collect trash along roadsides and riverbanks or use their own boats to help clean up the Hudson River. Executive Director Lorraine Merghart Ballard said with the high water levels and uncertain river flow, the conservancy is looking for experienced canoers and kayakers to help, with the possibility of canceling in-river cleanup should conditions be too dangerous.

Work in the water and out will happen at the Georgi Museum and Park in Shushan, the Middle Falls Kayak Launch at State Route 29 in Greenwich and the Fort Miller Reformed Church, 1239 Fort Miller Road, Fort Edward.

To register ahead of time or for more information, visit riverkeeper.org/sweep.

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Reporter Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (518) 742-3238 or gcraig@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1.

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