With help from Mrs. Stroup I, along with Dani Freeman have started a volunteer job at the Watershed Community. We volunteer every Wednesday between 1 and 3 pm.
November 1st, 2017
Today Dani and I arrived at Watershed at 1:00 pm and walked into the building to meet Mike who is the main supervisor of volunteers. He already had a job in mind for us! He gave us brooms and led us out onto their patio to sweep all the dead leaves off of it. The leaves can become a problem because they carry water into the building. It took Dani and I a little over half an hour to clear off the patio! After that two older volunteers, Ben and Caleb instructed us to organize their working gloves. All together we organized 216 gloves. We sorted them first by small left gloves, small right gloves, large left gloves, and large right gloves. Then we went back through them and labeled them with sharpies. We wrote “LL” for large left, “LR” for large right, “SL” for small left and, “SR” for small right. Then we went through them and counted all the gloves. We made a chart and wrote down the quantity of the gloves and figured out how many pairs there were of small and large gloves. Once we had finished with that we bagged them back up and labeled the bags they were in. Then we vacuumed the floor and brought all the gloves to the shed outside.
November 8th, 2017
Today when we arrived Caleb instructed us to put on some gloves and handed us tools. Today we were going to work outside! We hiked out into the woods a little ways where then we saw thousands of honeysuckle brush rooted up and laying all over the forest floor. We spent the time we had gathering up the invasive plant and stacking them in piles no more than seven feet wide and five feet long. We made about five piles! We did this because the honeysuckle brush is an invasive plant that they want to get rid of. They are planning to burn all of it once they’ve ridded the area of the plant. Caleb taught us how to identify a bunch of different plants and trees. The tree we learned were the sycamore, white oak, black cherry, eastern redcedar, and the hackberry. We learned a few bushes such as the Chinese privet, honeysuckle brush, and buck brush.
November 15th, 2017
Today when we arrived Caleb handed us rakes and the three of us swept the leaves behind the back of the building into a giant pile. We raked the leaves for about forty minutes there were so many! The leaves were so thickly scattered on the ground that I broke my rake in them! The pile we created was about two feet high and seven feet wide. After we had raked up the leaves we started pulling out honeysuckle vine and brush. It was a little difficult because the vines would wind themselves around these prickly plants. Even though we wore gloves I got a lot of stickers in my fingers.
November 29th, 2017
Today Dani, Caleb, and a new friend, Vanessa trekked out into the woods and found a huge patch of winter creeper than needed to be pulled. We spent our time today pulling it out and playing “trail games” On our way back to the building we took a little detour so that Caleb could teach us more about what trees are down there and the latin names of them. As of now I can identify sycamore, hackberry, black cherry, black walnut, box elder maple, silver maple, and white oak. I know the latin names of the hackberry, celtis occidentalis, silver maple, acer saccharinum, and box elder maple, acer negundo.