Each year, we ask Americans to set aside one day – the last Saturday in September – to “lend a hand to the lands” that we use to hike, bike, climb, swim, explore, picnic or simply relax. One third of America’s land is in public hands, and it’s our duty to steward and preserve it.
National Public Lands Day is a celebration of the work, play and learning that takes place on public lands every day. National Public Lands Day will be on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
Volunteers will be performing service projects such as trail maintenance, invasive exotic removal and trash removal at Arch Creek Park. Every year, we receive increased participation and invaluable improvements to the lands by committed volunteers. For a continuously growing list of current events visit publiclandsday.org.
We are encouraging volunteers and visitors to remember that public lands offer a great option for getting active outside. Research shows that one step to preventing childhood obesity, diabetes and depression is getting kids and families to spend more time outside.
An estimated 175,000 volunteers will grab shovels and gloves to improve more than 2,100 sites across the country as part of National Public Lands Day.
Last year, NPLD volunteers:
- Collected an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants
- Built and maintained an estimated 1,500 miles of trails
- Planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants
- Removed an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other places
- Saved taxpayers an estimated $18 million through volunteer services to improve public lands across the country
If you are interested in participating for National Public Lands Day, please contact the park naturalist staff by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 305-944-6111.
Check in starts at 9:00am
Work day starts at 9:30am to 12:30pm.
There will also be roaming performances by Fantasy Theatre Factory’s Famous Trash Monster. Funding provided by Miami-Dade Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM).