GWP seeking volunteers over next two weekends

A volunteer poses next to a sunflower during a 2021 Gila Watershed Partnership restoration project in Fort Thomas in 2021. - Contributed Photo

SAFFORD — Gila Watershed Partnership is offering two opportunities to volunteer this month.

The first involves support for GWP’s new shade house next to its greenhouse on the EAC Discovery Park Campus.

“They built it up on a terrace, which is what we had asked for, but that side of that terrace is eroding a little bit,” said GWP Executive Director Dr. Sarah Sayles. “So we had stone delivered, and we’re going to have people help us build kind of a stone berm along that terrace wall. It’s just going to be moving and placing stones into place along that wall.”

The erosion control project will take place Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Discovery Park nursery.

The second volunteer opportunity will take place the following weekend.

“We’re offering another chance for people to go out into the field and help with planting, weeding and in the field kind of work,” Sayles said. “Our last couple of volunteer events in the Fall were well attended, a lot of fun and hopefully, if it’s not raining, the weather will be nice and it’s just a great way to help us meet our grant deliverables.”

Restoration Service Days will take place Saturday, Feb. 16. Orientation will start at 8:15 a.m. and planting will take place until 11:30 a.m.

Preregistration is required. E-mail