Rain Barrel Fundraiser Rolls Forward

Rain barrel with Trail Conference themeThe Trail Conference is currently being featured for a limited time during the 2014 Rain Barrel Auction.  This event, hosted by our friends at EarthShare New Jersey (ESNJ), will raise funds to benefit 25 environmental organizations across New Jersey, including the Trail Conference.

The Trail Conference’s rain barrel was painted by two Trail Conference members and volunteers, Madeline Giotta and James Martocci, who drew inspiration from their experiences on the trails.  Giotta’s intricate map design features portions of the trail system in Storm King State Park and Martocci’s vision of seasons in the woods displays mountain views of Liberty Township in Central New Jersey and Hemlock Pond in the Delaware Water Gap.

What is a Rain Barrel?

Rain barrels are large drums specially fitted to harvest and dispense rain water for use around the home and in the garden.  Installing a rain barrel is an easy, environmentally-friendly way to supplement our finite fresh water reserves.  Rather than using clean, drinking water to wash our cars and water our gardens, we can count on rain barrels to supply chlorine-free soft water at no additional cost.

Rain barrels work by collecting the rain that runs off your roof through a gutter downspout.  Many people use the water by attaching a hose to the spigot.  You can also place the rain barrel on top of cement blocks and pour the water directly into a bucket from the spigot.  To prevent mosquitoes from making a home inside your rain barrel, it is recommended that you place a mosquito-proof screen under the lid and inside the overflow hole.

Bid on the Trail Conference Rain Barrel

You can place your bid on the Trail Conference’s fully functional hand-painted rain barrel through the evening of August 17, 2014.  Interested parties can bid online at www.ebay.com.  Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Trail Conference and EarthShare New Jersey.

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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