First Fridays in the Field: A Volunteer Work Day

Photo: Jason Gorman


2:00 PM—5:30 PM


Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve—town of West Danby, Tompkins County


Please RSVP with Nature Preserve Manager Jason Gorman by emailing or calling 607-275-9487.


Join staff and volunteers on the first Friday of every month from May through November for FLLT nature preserve stewardship activities and socializing. If you are looking for a good reason to take off a half-day on a Friday, this is it! Work sessions will be held from 2:00-4:30 pm, followed by a social hour from 4:30-5:30. Tools, work gloves, light refreshments, and snacks will be provided.

The Lindsay-Parsons Preserve continues to be one of the FLLT’s most cherished spots, and as its second biggest nature preserve, there is no shortage of tasks to be done! Please join staff to work on a variety of projects, including: re-marking and blazing the trails in the meadows; clearing a patch of brush where a deer exclosure will be installed; and remove vegetation from an overgrown overlook.

Please note the following:

• Marking the trails will require carrying supplies across uneven terrain, and will consist of a one-mile+ hike;
• Please wear closed-toe shoes/boots and field clothes (things you don’t mind getting dirty, or potentially ripped);
• The Lindsay-Parsons Preserve does have a relatively high density of ticks. DEET and other types of insect repellent will be provided.


The Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve is located in West Danby, about 8 miles away from Ithaca. Take Rt. 13 south from Ithaca, then take Rt. 34/96 south to West Danby. Most of the preserve is located on the east side of the highway, across from Sylvan Drive and the West Danby Fire Station. Ample parking is available about 1/2 mile south of Sylvan Drive, on the east side of the road. Entrance to the parking lot is at the top of a hill; we will meet here in the main parking area.

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