Weir Farm Seeks Volunteers As It Opens Home, Studios To Visitors

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A Weir Farm volunteer admires a young artist's painting.
A Weir Farm volunteer admires a young artist's painting. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site
Weir Farm volunteers help out at a special event at the national historic site.
Weir Farm volunteers help out at a special event at the national historic site. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site
A Weir Farm volunteer gives directions to a visitors to the park in Wilton and Ridgefield.
A Weir Farm volunteer gives directions to a visitors to the park in Wilton and Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site
Weir Farm National Historic Site is looking for more volunteers as it expands.
Weir Farm National Historic Site is looking for more volunteers as it expands. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site

WILTON/RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Weir Farm National Historic Site is looking to add new faces to its ranks of volunteers as it prepares for the grand opening of its restored home and artists' studios this summer in Wilton and Ridgefield. 

"Do you have a passion for art, history, or art history?  Are you interested in learning about and sharing the stories of influential American artists?," Weir Farm said in a press release. "Become a studio docent and introduce visitors from around the world to the creative work-spaces of American masters – the Weir and Young Studios at Weir Farm National Historic Site."

Weir Farm National Historic Site is entering the final stages of the restoration of the Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio. The three historic buildings will open to the public fully restored and furnished for the first time in the park’s history this summer. The site was home to three generations of American artists, including Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism.

"A restoration of this magnitude will only come along once in a park’s lifetime, making now the perfect time to support your local national park by becoming a docent," the press release said.

Weir Farm is seeking friendly, reliable volunteers to staff the Weir and Young Studios to provide orientation, basic information, and high-quality interpretation to all park visitors through the Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program.

Volunteers will receive training and can participate in a variety of enrichment opportunities, including a fun and interactive training session with park staff in March, behind-the-scenes talks, and educational field trips. The park offers a variety of volunteer opportunities that include staffing the Weir and Young Studios, assisting with youth and education programs, preserving natural resources as part of the Garden Gang, and helping out during events.

If you have an interest in becoming a volunteer at Weir Farm, apply now to attend the upcoming training session. 

For more information about all of Weir Farm volunteer opportunities, visit www.nps.gov/wefa/supportyourpark or contact Park Ranger Kristin Lessard at 203-834-1896, ext. 11.  

For more information about Weir Farm National Historic Site or the National Park Service, visit www.nps.gov/wefa or call 203-834-1896.

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