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Reserve hosting open house Thursday

Visitors to Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve walk by the blockhouse near the Jacob Ebey House that overlooks the prairie. A volunteer open house will be held at the Jacob Ebey House April 24 to shed light on volunteer opportunities. - Ron Newberry photo
Visitors to Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve walk by the blockhouse near the Jacob Ebey House that overlooks the prairie. A volunteer open house will be held at the Jacob Ebey House April 24 to shed light on volunteer opportunities.
— image credit: Ron Newberry photo

The assessment begins the moment volunteer candidates arrive at the front door of the historic Jacob Ebey House.

Lynn Hyde jokes that the long walk to get there is sort of a test.

“It’s survival of the fittest,” she said.

Hyde and others from Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve will be hosting a volunteer open house from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at the Jacob Ebey House in Coupeville.

It’s an opportunity to let the public know about the different kind of volunteer opportunities available within Ebey’s Reserve.

Hyde, education and outreach coordinator, specializes in working with docents at the Jacob Ebey House. Her peers will be talking about volunteer opportunities in historic preservation, landscaping and gardening, and serving as historic walking tour guides in downtown Coupeville.

“We won’t be doing any training there but we’ll be able to give a good idea of four or five different opportunities for volunteers,” Hyde said. “We do all of our recruiting for volunteers at the same time. Mostly, we want to give the public an idea that there’s something fun to do here for everybody.”

Among the projects planned include landscaping to cut back overgrown shrubs that cover interpretative panels at the Ebey’s Prairie Wayside.

There’s also a plan to create a heritage vegetable garden near the Jacob Ebey House “where we could grow the kinds of things Ebey and Crockett would grow out on their prairie,” Hyde said.

Those with carpentry skills may want to help with Ebey’s Preservation Field School projects.

This summer, the group will join Washington State Parks and help restore the Battery Moore Plotting Room at Fort Casey.

Ebey’s Reserve is teaming up with Island County Historical Society to help with walking tour guides through downtown.

“We have docents out here on the prairie but don’t have docents in town,” Hyde said. “We like to help the Historical Society and do that part of the mission.”

To get to the Jacob Ebey House, park on Cemetery Road at the Prairie Overlook, and walk the Ebey Prairie trail to the house.

For more information, call 360-678-6084.

 

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