Friends of Salter Grove has formed a volunteer Preservation Network to help keep Salter Grove clean and attractive. Save the Bay and FoSG have partnered on cleanups since FoSG started in 2016. But, in order to guarantee regular cleanups at Salter Grove, including during the winter months (when weather permits), we formed the Network in the past few months.
Friends of Salter Grove, in affiliation with Save the Bay, has created a Preservation Network to maintain Salter Grove as a clean and inviting family park for recreational use.
Members of the Network will meet at least twice a month as a group to do a thorough cleanup of the Park. With five current members we are looking for an additional ten. Anyone can apply, no matter your age or physical condition.
We are asking for a one-year commitment to the Network if you are accepted as a member. You will not need to participate in all scheduled cleanups but we do hope that most members will join scheduled cleanups.
Network cleanups will be scheduled according to members’ availability, during the week or on weekends. We will also schedule around low tide times so we can venture out onto the causeway and breakwater for cleanup there.
All members of the Network will sign release forms from Save the Bay and will receive Save the Bay training. If you are under 18, your parent or guardian will also need to sign Save the Bay’s release form.
To apply for membership, respond to https://volunteer.savebay.org/need/detail/?need_id=376202 or send an email directly to Network coordinator Trent Batson at email@example.com.
The first in-person meeting of this Network will occur at 10:00 a.m. at Salter Grove on Sunday, October 21.
On September 11, Save the Bay provided volunteers from Citizens Bank and Jet Blue to clean up Salter Grove. FoSG led the effort with significant help from two STB interns.
The cleanup was part of the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy in Washington DC. Each three-person team filled in detailed data cards that the interns aggregated so it could be sent on to the Conservancy for their annual state of the ocean report. A volunteer who does cleanups regularly said that Salter Grove is unusually clean compared to other parks around the Bay.
STB has provided corporate groups for Salter Grove cleanups all summer long.
The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded a generous Community Grant of $10,000 to help replace and improve the playground at Salter Grove in a very competitive selection process.
The funds will be paid to FoSG’s fiscal sponsor, The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, which will then pass the funds to FoSG.
It is expected that the Foundation’s grant will help to purchase attractive, custom designed benches and waste containers.
The spring field trip to Salter Grove has become an annual event for the science program at St. Peter School. This year the new science teacher, Annie Graham, organized and led field trips for the second and fifth grades. On the morning of May 18, she was joined by the second grade teacher Nancy Dunlap and parents Jonathan Alvarez, Mike Jarvis (FoSG member), and Alicia Oldzewski to guide 25 students through 5 ecosystems. The trip for 25 fifth-graders, who came as fourth-graders in 2017, was in the afternoon of May 21 and included the fifth-grade teacher Christina Desmairis and parent Dawn Jarvis.