The temperatures are going to get cooler and the colors are going to get brighter as August fades away and September rolls in. With that, maybe you'll be looking for weekend activities that are easier to do with the cooler temperatures while taking in the changing season.

Well, there's one way to get your exercise and take in nature while volunteering your time that creates a win-win opportunity.

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is looking for weekend warriors to help out with maintenance projects for the park.

It's located in West Old Town and not too far from Bangor, maybe 25 minutes.

Hirundo is a nearly 2500-acre nature preserve located along Pushaw Stream and Dead Stream and offers hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, and tons of other activities to get outside, get some exercise, and take in nature.

The nature preserve is open year-round and there's a lot of upkeep when it's open all the time that you can help be a part of.

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Hirundo is allocating Saturdays as volunteer days for those wanting to come and help clean up the preserve. There are some specific objectives they have in mind for the maintenance they'd like to get done in the Saturdays to come, including:

  • Helping out with widening trails- cutting down saplings and shrubs
  • Removing materials from the trails (old benches, metal railings, duck boxes, etc)
  • Repair some items needing fixing, including a footbridge and a seat bench
  • Touch up some paint at the kiosks and visitor center
  • Move and split wood
  • Put in new signs
  • And other maintenance-y things like weeding and planting new things

If you'd like to add your muscle to the mix, check out their Facebook event page 'Volunteer Days' and, hey, it's free to get in! That's a win-win-win!

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