National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort that amounts to about $15 million in improvements of our public lands; this year on Saturday, September 28th is the 20th Anniversary. Over 170,000 volunteers are expected to come out to more than 1900 sites throughout the nation.
Southern Nevada is participating in the national effort through a variety of events:
• Lake Mead National Recreation Area
A volunteer beach clean-up is scheduled in the morning from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Contact: (702) 293-8714
Entrance fees will be waived for Saturday
• Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Beginning at 8 am at Willow Springs in Red Rock volunteers will aid in beautification of the area.
• Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
Volunteers will join Go Mt Charleston to plant Joshua tree seed pods from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Contact: (702) 515-5408, GoMtCharleston.com
• Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Deconstruction of an old fence and removal of barbed wire will occur.
Two sessions starting at 8:00 am and 12:30 pm, Contact: (702) 515-5494
A beautification project will occur on October 5th at 8:30 am. Contact: (702) 515-5166
• Gold Butte Starting at 8:00 am clean-up and repairs will begin. Contact: (702) 515-5143
National Public Land Day supports the Lets Move Outside initiative, and has gained some celebrity backing with CeeLo Green providing public service announcements.
Not only does volunteering on National Public Lands Day provide a good way to get outside and stay active, but it also provides a way to give back by working to create cleaner, more accessible public lands for the community. These sites need not be outside of city limits, urban areas such as Henderson and Las Vegas have many opportunities for outdoor recreation. One can search for public lands by zip code at Nature Find, Henderson provides the Pittman Wash Trail, the Bird Preserve, the Wetlands, and the Whitney Mesa Nature Preserve.
The searing hot summer temperatures are going down, it is time to get outside and enjoy the fee-free entrance into our public lands this Saturday and lend a hand for Nevada’s lands.