Celebrate National Public Lands Day this Saturday
National Public Lands Day, the largest, single-day volunteer event for US public lands is happening this Saturday, September 29th.
Launched in 1994 as a way to promote both enjoyment and volunteer conservation of public lands, the first national public lands day involved only three sites and some 700 volunteers. Since then it has grown by leaps and bounds, with more than 170,000 volunteers participating at more than 2,000 different sites in 2011.
In addition to volunteering opportunities, National Public Lands Day is also means free entrance to many National Parks and Monuments.
Some of the parks are even offering free cave tours. Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park will offer free self-guided Mammoth Cave Discovery cave tours, while South Dakota’s Wind Cave National Park will be offering free Natural Entrance Tours, and visitors to Jewel Cave National Monument may choose either the Scenic Tour or Discovery Tour.
Along with providing an opportunity for people to get out and enjoy their parks, both Jewel and Wind Caves will be offering opportunities for the public to help maintain the areas.
People interested in volunteering at Jewel Cave are encouraged to report to the visitor center by 10:00 am. Volunteers will be assigned various tasks, such as picking up litter or maintaining trails.
The Friends of Wind Cave National Park will be working in the park’s backcountry, on the former Sanson Ranch, rolling up segments of interior fences. The fence will then be recycled and used to replace fence destroyed in the fire last July.
Jewel and Wind Caves Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Free Cave Tours [Wind Cave National Park] & Celebrate National Public Lands Day September 29 [Mammoth Cave National Park]