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Join us on Sunday December *19th* from 1-3 pm to help this incredible foundation. Every rank has some requirement to participate in a service project in your community and this is a great opportunity to cross that requirement off your list!
* There are no restroom facilities at the sanctuary
* Scouts will be working outside and should dress appropriately
* Tools, NOT gloves, will be provided
Directions to the sanctuary: Wasserman Way. To Trades Lane. Follow to end right onto Old Farm Road. Follow past blue shed (dog park will be on the left) around the bend. Cross Bridge and follow road to the top of the hill. Parking will be labeled on the left.
Created in memory of one of the 1st grade victims of the tragedy at Sandy Hook School and located in Newtown, Connecticut, the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary® enriches the lives of all beings by promoting compassion and acceptance through programs that honor the human animal bond. Through action, education, and stewardship the sanctuary provides haven for companion animals and wildlife, offers k-6 school curriculum, free educational community workshops and leads conservation initiatives. To learn more visit: CVHFoundation.org
The sanctuary has provided direct support to 400 animals, over 300,000 pet food meals for the pets of food insecure families and older adults. Educational programming has reached approximately 40,000 humans and conservation efforts created over 90,000 square feet of pollinator habitat. The impact the sanctuary continues to make is, in part, because of the 1,500 volunteers who have shared their time and talent.
We will meet at 1:00pm at the pavilion, share a brief overview of the sanctuary and the projects to be completed. Scouts will divide into two teams led by CVH Animal Sanctuary personnel. Projects will focus on:
* Habitat Management. Gifted by the state in 2014, the sanctuary’s 34 acres has undergone a complete transformation: an acre of invasive plant material has been removed and replaced with native plantings, the creation of a 300 square foot community garden, a 4-acre meadow restoration and installation of the sanctuary’s 12,000 square foot pollinator garden.
***Scout Project: clearing fallen branches, cutting back invasive plants, vines and encroaching limbs and the removal of silt fencing along the sanctuary drive and the sanctuary’s bridle trail.
* Property Maintenance. The sanctuary is home to a 1920’s bank barn, once serving as a chicken coop associated with Fairfield Hill State Hospital’s farming program. This barn is now used to store sanctuary property management equipment, tools, and supplies.
***Scout Project: “sweep” the barn of scraps and debris remaining from 2021 property maintenance projects and assist in the closing the barn for winter.