Fossil Rim Wildlife Center plans to hold another volunteer work day on Saturday to help renovate the Children's Animal Center.

The work day will start at 8:30 a.m. and will last until about 1 or 2 p.m. Afterward, volunteers then will receive free guided tours as thanks for helping.

Volunteers will spread dirt in the new free-flight aviaries, along with any other work that may need to be done, said Kati Shedd, the CAC’s  supervisor. Children ages 9 and and older are welcome, too.

Fossil Rim will provide water, snacks, sunblock, tools and some work gloves. If you have your own work gloves, please bring them so the center doesn't run out, and bring a water bottle. The center will not provide lunch, but volunteers are free to pack their own or enjoy a meal at the overlook cafe.

Volunteers should meet at the overlook. A map is available at www.fossilrim.org/maps/Relationship_Map.pdf

The renovations to the CAC are made possible through Texas Parks and Wildlife's recreation grants program. This particular grant is a matching grant and for every $1 that Fossil Rim puts into the project, Texas Parks and Wildlife will match with one $1, up to the limit of $177,000.

Since Fossil Rim is a 501(c)3  non-profit organization, it can use other means besides money to match the amount. Donations can be in the form of labor, equipment or materials.  Each hour of labor performed by a volunteer or staff member has a dollar amount assigned to it, so all volunteer hours can help Fossil Rim reach its goal.

The past two CAC volunteer work days on June 12 and 26 attracted about 40 people, logging about 170 hours, or $2,000 that Fossil Rim can put towards matching its grant.

Volunteers included Fossil Rim staff members who came in on their day off, Fossil Rim volunteers who put in even more time, high school students and teachers on summer vacation and people from Glen Rose, Granbury, Cleburne, Stephenville and several from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“They cleaned up the CAC yard by picking up trash and moving all wood and rocks into piles to have hauled away,” Shedd said. “They picked up rock debris from the construction of the retaining walls and helped fill in holes in the yard.”

Volunteers also helped clear out a large garden area to be renovated and spent the rest of the afternoons spreading dirt in what will be seven new free-flight aviaries, she added.

Local country station 92.1 even came out and did a remote broadcast on June 26..

With in the last couple weeks lots of progress has been made, Shedd said. All of the cement has been poured and support beams have been installed along for the seven new free-flight aviaries. Also, all brick work, roofs, windows and electrical work for the bird housing is finished.

Please let Shedd know if you plan to come so she has enough water and snacks on hand and also to make sure enough tours are available. Contact her  at cac@fossilrim.org or call 897-2960.