No fooling: on Saturday, April 1st, the folks at the Sandy Hook-based American Littoral Society will be planting dune grass — and everyone is invited to lend a hand.

Between the hours of 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Society will coordinate a “rain or shine” volunteer event in conjunction with their Beach Grasses in Classes program, involving students from area schools who raise and plant dune grass. The grasses play a big role in helping to stabilize beaches along the storm-battered coast; protecting the dunes that serve as barriers against flooding, and helping to prevent major erosion events.

The planting will take place at the South Maintenance Area. The entrance to the maintenance area is the first right after passing the Ranger Station in the middle of Hartshorne Drive (see map). Turn into the chain-link fenced area on the right, across from the missile. There will be signs marking the location.

If possible, please bring a stick or shovel to help with planting, and remember to dress for the weather.

For more information, contact the American Littoral Society at (732)291-0055 or email