This past Sunday the community partners that I volunteered with was the Dumbarton Oaks Conservancy, where I volunteered for three and a half hours. The purpose of the service that we performed was working to maintain the park and prevent invasive species from taking over the land. Volunteers were tasked with removing bamboo from certain parts of the park as it was encroaching upon paths and obstructing further park views. The work that we did at Dumbarton Oaks was especially valuable to the community because we were working to maintain a public park which was long neglected by Washington, D.C. and had faced a significant decline since the park was placed under control of the National Parks Service. Providing public spaces for recreation and reflection are especially important in urban cities like D.C., where most live in apartments. Maintaining such spaces allows for residents of all income levels to appreciate the natural beauty of our city at no cost as well. While maintaining a public park is not necessarily related to food, it does tie in to the sustainability aspect of the course as we were working to preserve the land around us, as many small farmers do as well. In class, we have had a variety of different professionals come and speak to us about many different issues and industries, from the military to those at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and doing hands on service work for such a nature conservancy similarly gave me a different perspective on sustainability. After a few hours of clearing bamboo, the work that myself and other volunteers had made was substantial, and you could see a clear improvement in the park, leaving me with a great experience participating with Dumbarton Oaks Conservancy to maintain a hidden gem in Washington D.C.
Great! Helped in removing invasive crops and other things.
I assisted with cleanup at the Dumbarton Oaks forest in Georgetown. My primary responsibility was to cut down bamboo, which is an invasive species in the park. The large amount of bamboo in the forest affect the native plants species adversely, which is why it was necessary to take down. It was a beautiful day and great experience helping out!
On Sunday, November 10 from 9am - 12pm I assisted in the cleanup of the Dumbarton Oaks forest in Georgetown. My primary responsibility was to cut down bamboo, which is an invasive species in the park. The large amount of bamboo in the forest affect the native plants species adversely, which is why it was necesary to take down.
I really enjoyed clearing invasive species and removing water bags that were in the way.