Onondaga Environmental Institute Holding ‘Mulch Madness’ Volunteer Event

Image Credit: Amy Samuels

Are you looking to help out your community? Save the planet? Get volunteer hours? Well, Mulch Madness may be for you! The Onondaga Environmental Institute is holding a volunteer event called Mulch Madness. The Institute originally focused on the clean-up of Onondaga lake, but now has projects all over Upstate New York. 

During the Mulch Madness event, volunteers will be asked to spread mulch on already planted trees in carrier park. The practice of mulching greatly supports the overall health of trees. Not only does it increase water filtration, but conserves soil moisture, and slows down the evaporation process. Mulching also keeps things that aren’t supposed to be in the soil out, including weeds and unwanted pests. In addition, mulching helps moderate the soil temperature, which is extremely important considering the harsh Upstate New York winters.

The Mulch Madness event is happening on Saturday, October 15 in the Ley Creek Watershed at Carrier Park from 9 to 11AM. Make sure to bring work gloves and clothes you wouldn’t mind getting mulched. Refreshments will be provided. 

Students younger than 15 years old should be accompanied by an adult, this is not necessary if you’re 15 or older. Anyone under the age of 18 is asked to have an adult sign a form that can be found on the Onondaga Environmental Institute website.

To RSVP, please email Amy Samuels at asamuels@oei2.org. Sending an RSVP isn’t necessary, but is greatly appreciated. 

Sophia Caputo, '24
Sophia Caputo is a junior at J-D high school and the Editor-in-Chief. In her free time she enjoys baking and cooking vegan treats, taking her dog Cora on new adventures, and of course writing.