US National Parks Celebrate National Public Lands Day
In honour of the United States National Public Lands Day this Saturday September 24th, Carlsbad Caverns, Mammoth and Wind Cave National Parks as well as Jewel Cave National Monument will be offering free cave tours.
National Public Lands Day promotes both popular enjoyment and volunteer conservation of public lands in the United States. It began in 1994 with 700 volunteers, but has since grown to 170,000 in 2010.
On Saturday, the Friends of Wind Cave National Park and park employees will be replanting trees and unveiling a bronze memorial plaque recognizing Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service. Over at nearby Jewel Cave volunteers will collecting litter along the roadways, picnic areas and parking lots.
Free cave tour tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis, and due to the popularity of the event, it can result in long wait times and the possibility of tours being sold out. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the parks to find out the times and meeting places.
Wind Cave to Unveil Mather Plaque and Plant Trees on National Public Lands Day September 24 [Wind Cave National Park] & Jewel and Wind caves celebrate National Public Lands Day [Rapid City Journal]