Did you know that National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States? Volunteers in every state will be pitching in to help preserve our parks, gardens, beaches, wildlife preserves and forests. The event last year contributed an estimated $17 million in volunteer services to public lands, which included planting about 100,000 trees, shrubs and plants, as well as building and maintaining approximately 1,500 miles of trails.
Of course, it’s not just about volunteering. It’s about celebrating and protecting the lands we love. Here in Georgia, we are having State Parks Day, in honor of National Public Lands Day. Entrance to all Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites will be free. And all across the state, activities as well as service projects are being offered to show you how you can help protect the legacy of our State Parks.
Many Georgia sites will be offering door prize drawings for REI gear (WooHoo), free T-shirts and refreshments.
Other activities scheduled for State Parks Day in Georgia include:
Hike, Picnic & Tour New Echota- New Echota Historic Site.
Visit for Free Day at Little White House- Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site.
Ranger-led Hike in the Morning or Full Moon Ranger-led Night Hike- Panola Mountain State Park.
Learn Wilderness Survival Skills- Amicalola Falls State Park.
Full Moon Bike Ride Down Suwannee River Sill- Stephen C. Foster State Park.
Junior Angler Fishing Rodeo & Park Clean Up- Indian Springs State Park.
Evening Kayak and Wildlife Watching Adventures- Hard Labor Creek State Park.
And there are many, many, more activities and service projects planned.
And did you know that if you live in Georgia, chances are, you’re less than an hour away from a state park or historic site?
For more information about volunteering for State Parks Day in Georgia visit FriendsOfGAStateParks.org
For a complete list of participating Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites and events, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org. Please note, that although entrance and parking fees have been waived, some activities do require a small fee (these fees may be found on the website as well).
Of course, these are just examples of the great activities and service projects planned for Georgia. Every state in the U.S. has programs planned for National Public Lands Day. To find out how you and your family can get involved, visit PubliclandsDay.org
I’ll see ya by the campfire.