Travel & Outdoors

Guide to National Public Lands Day in WA

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National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 29, is a fee-free entrance day at many federal public lands including national parks! It’s a great opportunity to help a local or favorite public land near you and spend the rest of the day recreating or relaxing on the land. With free admission, you can bring a friend or make it a family outing, and enjoy the experience.

Plus, it’s a day of volunteerism. There are over 170,000 volunteers expected at over 2,000 sites around the US to take part in the largest single-day volunteer effort on public lands in the country. During National Public Lands Day (NPLD), volunteers will head out to parks, public and community gardens, beaches, wildlife preserves or forests and chip in to help these treasured places that belong to all Americans. They will improve and restore the lands and facilities the public uses for recreation, education, exercise and connecting with nature.

If you and your friends would like to help out at a Puget Sound NPLD event, here are some to consider:

Pigeon Point Park
Saturday, September 29
8:00am – 5:00pm
1901 S.W. Genesee St.
Seattle, WA 98106
http://www.naturec.org

Help plant conifers on the greenbelt, remove invasive plants and maintain the park.

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
Saturday, September 29
1:00pm – 4:00pm
20312 15th Ave., N.W.
Shoreline, WA 98177
http://www.kruckeberg.org

Help beautify the new Native Plant Demonstration Garden. Could include mulching, weeding, raking, etc.

East Tiger Mountain
Saturday, September 29
9:00am – 4:00pm
Highway 18 East Tiger Mountain Pass Summit
Issaquah, WA 98146
http://www.evergreenmtb.org/recreation/calendar.php?event_id=10310

Help build a bike trail. There will be a barbecue lunch for volunteers after the work projects.

Beacon Food Forest
Saturday, September 29
8:00am – 5:00pm
16th Ave. S & S. Dakota St.
Seattle, WA 98108
http://www.beaconfoodforest.weebly.com

Groundmaking ceremony for a seven-acre food forest, which includes planting native trees and planting fruits.

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve
Saturday, September 29
10:00am – 1:00pm
21656 184th Ave., SE
Renton, WA 98058
shadowhabitat.org

Help remove invasive plants, plant native vegetation and maintain trails.

For more information on the day’s events, visit the website at http://www.publiclandsday.org.

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