Norwalk High School junior Gavin Schuerch says what he and others did at Norwalk's Hart Peninsula Saturday was to "let nature do its thing."
When Hurricane Sandy hit in October, nature did its thing then, too…including scattering debris throughout Hart Peninsula nature preserve.
"We really felt like we needed to call the neighbors together," says John Moeling, stewardship chairman for the Norwalk Land Trust. "See if we could put something on to get us all cleaned up and back where we were."
On Saturday, the Norwalk Land Trust, along with neighbors and high school students, cleared the peninsula of all that debris.
"The important thing for us is to protect and preserve open space in the city," Moeling says."
They weren't alone. They were joined by about 20 city high schoolers in the district's Build On program, which encourages volunteering.
"A lot of kids are keen on doing environmental work," says program coordinator Supachart Tauthong.
"They're much more willing to plough into the brush and pick up cans and bottles," Moeling says.
"A lot of people are kind of interested and willing to work together to help out and clean up and make it a better place overall," Schuerch says.
"It's definitely good to work in our neighborhood and make sure our neighborhood is clean."