April 30, 2013 6:33 am Published by Leave your thoughts
TREC Gardens

TREC Gardens

The following is information about the park and TREC which I thought might be of interest to some of you.

I.    TREC Garden – – As winter transitions to spring, the garden at TREC which has been waiting patiently under snow  begins to emerge.   With the first few sunny spring days, nature is called into action, and so are we.   We are compelled to rake, weed and tidy our yards.  The mild weather brings out the gardener in all of us.

     Here at the TREC garden, we are just beginning to venture outside.  As Garden Coordinator, I have been eagerly anticipating the first few glorious spring days when I could start the GARDEN program for 2013.

     Now is the time!   We are starting our “Open Volunteer Days”, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October.   ALL ARE WELCOME, no garden expertise is needed.   For more information, please call me at (814) 833-7427 or email me at

                                      Jen Salem–TREC Garden Coordinator

II.   2013 Pontoon Boat Volunteer Training – – All volunteers intetested in working at the Pontoon Boat Station at Presque Isle Lagoons this summer should attend the Volunteer Training on May 13, 2013 at the lagoons.    Call 833-7424 to sign up for one of the two training slots at 10 a.m. to noon  or also at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.     Registration is limited to 20 volunteers for each slot.    We will go over updates, schedules, and go for a ride.   Call Brian Gula  (814) 217-9632.

III.  Compost: A Garden’s Best Friend – – Want to improve your soil quality and plant performance for FREE?  Master Gardeners Norm Olson & Deb Fromknecht will demystify the process of backyard composting.  No Fee.     May 5,  10 a.m. to noon at TREC.

IV.   TREC Turtles get New Homes – – The turtle habitats at TREC have been updated in the Aqua Lab.   All tanks were completely disassembled, scrubbed, sanitized and reassembled.   Water pumps were added to the larger tanks to circulate the water, preventing stagnation.    UV  A & B lighting and basking lights were installed to ensure healthy growth and proper metabolism.

     All lighting is now on timers to best simulate wild conditions and temperatures. The turtles are responding quite well.    The lab is currently undergoing extensive rearrangements to fit a new tank and accommodate upcoming experiments for the Regional Science Consortium.   We have delayed further changes in the turtle area until a later time.

V.   New Event During DPI – – “The Three Mile Isle:  Obstacle Course Challenge” is to be held during the 2013  DPI on July 27th with a 10 a.m. start at Beach 11 Pavillion.    There will be 11 obstacles on the three mile course that runs between Beach 11 to Beach 10.   The event is limited to 500 participants and many spots are already gone.    For more information on the event and the AFTER PARTY ar Joe Roots, go to

See you on the Park!!


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