Monday, September 19, 2011

Calendar: National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 24 is National Public Lands Day. Whether you want to give back or just play for the day, your options are many.

Rock Creek Park will be the site of the main event for Public Lands Day. There will be several opportunities to volunteer (with a free lunch for volunteers!), a recreation fair including the REI Outdoor School and kids and nature activities, and some big-name speakers like the Surgeon General. Full schedule here.

In the President's Park at the White House, there will be a Day of Play, sponsored by Nickelodeon, from 10:00am-4:00pm. Outdoor activities, such as rock climbing, camping, and the Jr. Ranger program will be offered by more than 50 organizations."Nickelodeon’s biggest stars including the casts of iCarly, Big Time Rush, Victorious, Bucket & Skinner, True Jackson, VP, Fresh Beat Band and more will be at the event as well."

There are many other volunteer opportunities on Saturday, including Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens:

Other volunteer sites include:
Fort Dupont
Arlington National Cemetary
Barcroft Park
Buddy Attick Park
Dangerfield Island
Greenbelt Park
Sligo Creek
Lacey Woods

Many National Parks also waive their fees for the day -- including Great Falls and Prince William Forest right here in our backyard, as well as farther-away parks like Shenandoah, Assateague, and Harper's Ferry.