On September 30th, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event celebrating our public lands happens: National Public Lands Day.
30% of the United States is technically Public Lands: neighborhood parks all the way to our national parks make up the framework of the spaces we get to live, play, exercise, relax, and enjoy ourselves. There is a park less than a block from our house that has become our favourite spot to go and swing with Bear on the playset. The park has a huge field that always has groups playing softball, ultimate frisbee, or doing a team bootcamp; and the basketball court is always filled with kids playing from when school gets out until the streetlights come on and it’s time to go home.
To celebrate the day, I encourage you to get out and visit YOUR public lands. All federal public lands and many state parks are going to be fee-free for the day – you can go hike, fish, camp, boat, or volunteer and explore.
If you want to give back, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) has a list of almost 900 events happening all over the US where you can join in and volunteer. Happening near Charlotte, North Carolina is the Carolina Thread Trail Community Work Day at Crowders Mountain State Park.
So where will I be September 30th? Driving back from Pittsburgh with a stop to hike along the Appalachian Trail in Virginia is my goal. What about you?