Recently, more than 150 student and community volunteers helped the Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) restore a rare freshwater wetland at Nassawango Creek Preserve. In total, volunteers planted 3,000 Atlantic white cedar trees across 6.5 acres.
Through the Aquarium’s Wetland Nursery Program, students from three local schools have spent the last year caring for and monitoring Atlantic white cedar trees at their school. In the fall, the students re-potted the saplings or helped to propagate new trees.
Throughout the year, they have watered the trees and monitored their growth. Last week’s planting event was the culmination of all their hard work!
Nassawango Creek Preserve encompasses more than 10,000 acres and is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy. Through controlled burns, regular planting events, and other best management practices, The Nature Conservancy hopes to restore the freshwater wetlands that once dominated the Preserve.
This area is home to 60 species of migratory birds and a number of rare plant species. We’re thrilled to see so many local join National Aquarium in our commitment to creating a once-again thriving ecosystem at Nassawango!
A special thank you to all of our student and community volunteers! We hope to see you at another one of our conservation events.