Volunteer are needed to help clean up Caswell Memorial State Park at the southern end of Austin Road west of Ripon and south of Manteca.
Volunteers will assist park staff with river shoreline clean-up, painting picnic tables, and removal of invasive plants on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you are in need of Community Service Hours this event is for you.
The timeline includes registering at 9 a.m. introductions, safety talk and training at 9:15 a.m.; working under the direction of park staff; at 9:30 a.m.; lunch is provided at noon; and the work day ending at 3 p.m. Breaks and snacks are as needed. There is a free nature walk after work day.
The minimum age to participate is 8. Anyone under 18 years who attends the event must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The meeting point will be at the first day use area inside the entrance
If rain is forecast for the morning the cleanup will be cancelled and rescheduled..
Camping is available on both Nov. 2 and Nov. 3.
Potential hazards include wet, slippery grass and leaves, stinging nettle and poison oak
Sign up in advance to help with this project at http://www.calparks.org/help/park-champions/
Caswell Memorial State Park is the largest stand remaining of natural riparian oak woodlands in the San Joaquin Valley. It is also a 258-acre wilderness refuge with one of the best public accesses to the Lower Stanislaus River.
Caswell Memorial State Park was donated to the state by the Caswell family in 1950 as a memorial to Thomas Caswell and his sons, Wallace and Charles Henry Caswell.