If you like working side by side with nature, or, if you've wanted to start getting outdoors more, here's your chance.  Plus, you'll be volunteering.  Both will do the body and soul good!

Over the next two months, a restoration and improvement of the bike trails in Hartley Nature Center Park will take place.  The City of Duluth and COGGS (Cyclists of Gitchi Gummi Shores) are working with volunteers to re-route a number of trails. Many more volunteers are needed.

Matt Evingson, Trail Coordinator for COGGS says “Many of the current trails are old and unsustainable; even a little rainfall was enough to beat them up.”

No trail building experience is required and volunteer shifts are flexible.

Volunteer shifts are available weekdays through Friday, August 17th from 8a- 1pm, rain or shine. Volunteers should be 16 years or older. Youth under 18 need parent permission.

Dress to get dirty, wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves. You also may want to bring sunscreen and bug spray. Don’t forget to bring your own water bottle. No tools necessary, but feel free to bring along cutting loppers or clippers, a garden rake and fork, a leaf tarp or a shovel.

Wednesday at 6p is the regularly scheduled work day for the Community Trail Re-Route Work, volunteers are welcome at that time too.   Additional weekend events will be planned. Watch for those events on the community calendar.

If you'd like to get involved in the Hartley Re-Routes, please contact Cheryl Skafte, City of Duluth Volunteer Coordinator at 218-393-9879 or cskafte@duluthmn.gov. Please indicate the dates and times you are available.

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