Saturday Is National Public Lands Day, Admission Is Free To National Parks

Saturday is National Public Lands Day, Admission is Free to National Parks

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)–This Saturday, September 29th is National Public Lands Day. This is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. It is a great opportunity to volunteer to help improve our public lands by planting trees and native plants, collecting trash, improving trails, and more.

In honor of National Public Lands Day, all national parks offer free admission. This includes the Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve, and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.  You can find out more about these locations at the National Park website http://www.nps.gov/

Locally the Desert Discovery Center has a fun activity day planned at their parkland site, including painting shade structures and beautifying the landscape to help connect with their community hiking trail.  The center itself will also be open for the public to learn about desert safety, environmental stewardship and public lands’ recreational opportunities.    Registration for public volunteer work takes place inside the building from 7:00am – 8am.  Public presentations in the center from 9:00am – 12noon.  For further information and to join the Desert Discovery Center volunteer team doing GREAT things in our desert community, drop into the center and speak with their team or contact the Barstow Field Office. (760) 252-6042 x6060 or http://desertdiscoverycenter.com/

Another nearby volunteer opportunity is at Lytle Creek. Volunteer to help the rangers remove debris, graffiti and manmade dams; trim trees and general forest cleanup activities. Meet at the Front Country Ranger District, Lytle Creek Station at 7:30am. (909) 382-2763 or mlyon@fs.fed.us for more information.

For more information on National Public Lands Day visit www.publiclandsday.org

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