Today is your National Public Lands Day! This is "the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. In 2007, 110,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, planted trees and plants, and removed trash and invasive plants" [link].
As the National Environmental Education Foundation explains it, the threefold purpose of National Public Lands Day program is to:
• Educate Americans about critical environmental and natural resources issues and the need for shared stewardship of valued, irreplaceable lands;
• Build partnerships between the public sector and local communities based on mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America's public lands; and
• Improve public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work.
What does that mean?
Free admission to all your National Parks! You do not have to participate in the volunteering events but it is appreciated if you have the time and interest.
For more information about National Public Lands Day projects in the national parks, contact Public Affairs Specialist Kathy Kupper (phone 202-208-6843) in the Office of the Director. If you’re interested in helping at a local national park, check the park’s website for relevant information or give them a call. They’d love to hear from you.
See the official site here and the National Parks Traveler for more information.