SOMERVILLE, NJ - Volunteers are needed for a variety of clean-up projects beginning Saturday, April 21 including clean-up along the Peter Brook and planting of seedlings on Sunday, April 22.

The projects coincide with the national celebration of Earth Day.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Somerville High School parking lot on Davenport Street. Teams will set out to clean debris that has accumulated over the winter months along the Peter Brook, which meanders from one end of the borough to the other.

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Trash bags, gloves, water and free t-shirts will be distributed.

Volunteers are advised to dress for outdoor work. Long sleeves, hats and and boots are recommended.

Tree seedlings will also be distributed.

Work on Sunday will focus on creek bank stabilization planting.

Volunteers will work along the banks of the Peter Brook planting willow stakes into the soil just above the water line. Families are encouraged to participate so that children can learn the importance of a healthy,clean environment.

Further information is available by calling (908) 725-2300.

The following Sunday, April 29, is Arbor Day, with Girl Scouts hosting a clean-up of their Tree Arbor at the corner of Culver Street and High Street between 2-5 p.m. The Girl Scouts will offer short tours of the arbor and describe their ongoing tree nurturing project.

Tree Seedlings will be available for public pick up and more mature trees may be dug out of the tree nursery for transplanting at home.

The Girl Scouts will also host a pruning workshop at the Tree Arbor on May 20 between 2-5 p.m.