Whole Foods Market’s seven stores in southern Connecticut are inviting families to participate in a variety of fun events right in their backyards.

The Milford store will partner with Solar Youth to help beautify the Pond Lily Nature Preserve in New Haven on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon.

At the end of each volunteer effort, families can enjoy a free salad lunch and learn about the healthy eating resources courtesy of Whole Foods Market’s Whole Kids Foundation.

Solar Youth is a non-profit that provides opportunities for youth to nurture a positive sense of self, connection and commitment to others through thoughtful programs.