HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Sourland Conservancy needs volunteers between Sept. 18-21 to help plant 500 trees at Otto's Farm Park at the corner of Montgomery Road and Wertsville Road.

Those interested must fill out a form online at https://www.sourland.org/volunteer. Time slots are available for each of the four days from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Volunteers can sign up for more than one time slot, limited to no more than 10 people.

"We are thrilled to have been awarded a Roots to Rivers Reforestation Grant from The Nature Conservancy and The Watershed WInstitute," said Katrina Rand, spokesperson for the conservancy. "We need some help."

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This native plant restoration project is being conducted by the Sourland Conservancy in partnership with the Hillsborough Park Commission, according to Rand. Safety and health protocols will be followed.

  • A Sourland Conservancy staff member or volunteer will be there to supervise planting and offer help if needed while maintaining a minimum of 6' distancing;

  • Each family or individual group must wear their own masks and gloves and may bring their own shovel(s), and will be advised to bring their own refillable water bottle, too, as planting can be thirsty work!

  • The Conservancy will have extra water on hand. At the volunteer’s request, our staff member or volunteer will put on a fresh pair of gloves and refill water bottles.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the gate. Volunteers will be reminded to use when entering or exiting the area.

  • Each student/parent or guardian, volunteer and/or staff member must cover his/her mouth and nose with a mask while in the planting area.