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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Tilden Woods Local Park, Rockville, Maryland, USA

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Tilden Woods Local Park, Rockville, Maryland, USA
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Registered: July 2007
City/Town/Province: North Potomac
Posts: 1
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Hurry & help our environment!!
In order to help out my community, I decided to pick up litter at a nearby park, the Tilden Woods Local Park. The area is a large park in Rockville, Maryland with a creek and a huge land area. There are picnic areas, playgrounds, basketball, and tennis courts that are surrounded by high trees.
There were many birds, like robins and cardinals, chipmunks, squirrels, deer, water spiders, and water striders. In the morning, I went to the park with my dad, carrying two plastic bags. I filled both plastic bags with various types of debris, like soda bottles, glass, candy wrappers, cigarette butts, etc. Many parents come to the park with their kids, and seeing all this trash lets them have the feeling that this park is not friendly and uninviting.
Working with my dad to pick up the litter made me feel good. Cleaning the house is so much different than cleaning up a park; this made me feel as if I was contributing to my neighborhood. Seeing the park cleaner was an accomplishment feeling. After picking up all the trash, it was a great feeling that I made a difference in the lives of animals and human beings. Even being there for half an hour, picking up a few pieces of trash improves local living conditions. These small acts can affect our environment big time. A fishing line or plastic bag can kill an animal, and then there would be more trash. After a while, more animals are killed, then affecting our food web.
People should stop being lazy to find a trashcan, and just recycle or throw their stuff away properly. Leaving your trash somewhere is only hurting our environment even more. The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative lets people participate in helping our environment, and engaging in cleanup. It is a great way to help keep our neighborhood and communities clean, and teach people about the importance of our environment.
Date: July 7, 2007 Views: 6678 File size: 28.6kb, 200.3kb : 1500 x 1125
Hours Volunteered: 6
Volunteers: 2
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 15 to 57
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 1
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 15
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