National Public Lands Day (NPLD), a day set aside to recognize the importance of parks and encourage volunteer work, began in 1994. Since that year the participation in the event has grown from 700 volunteers to about 170,000 last year with events at locations in every state.
Below is a listing of park events scheduled to celebrate NPLD. All events are for September 28 unless otherwise noted.
Barren River Lake State Resort Park, near Lucas, will sponsor a Trashmaster’s Classic Lakeshore Cleanup on September 21 in partnership with the Friends of Barren River Lake and Park. Volunteers can show support by meeting at any boat ramp beginning at 8:00 a.m. Entertainment, free food, and prizes will follow on the beach from noon to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call (270) 646-2151.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, at Buckhorn, will host a cleanup and beautification day primarily geared towards Scout groups who can earn patches but any child or adult is welcome to come and volunteer and learn “Leave No Trace” principles. For more information, call the park at (800) 325-0058.
Columbus-Belmont State Park, in Columbus, will hold is Trails and Trenches Preservation Day starting at 9:00 a.m. at the snack bar. Volunteers can pick up trash, cut limbs and brush, and help replace fences and signs. Participants should bring tools and gloves and will be offered free museum admission for volunteering. Call (270) 677-2327 for more information.
General Burnside Island State Park, at Burnside, and Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, near Jamestown, will participate in the annual Lake Cumberland Cleanup on September 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The parks will provide gloves and bags and will reward volunteer efforts with an appreciation picnic at noon. Call (606) 451-1402 for more information.
John James Audubon State Park, in Henderson, will need volunteers to remove invasive plants and to work on trail erosion areas. Participants should wear comfortable shoes or boots, gloves, and long pants and bring a shovel. Volunteers will meet at the park office at 9:30 a.m. for instruction and finish up around noon. For more information, call (270) 826-2247.
Taylorsville Lake State Park, near Taylorsville, will have its annual Clean Sweep beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the shelters above Possum Ridge Boat Ramp. Volunteers will be picking up trash around the lake and will be rewarded with lunch afterwards. For more information, call (502) 477-8882.
With 49 state parks within the borders of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, finding a state park where you can volunteer to make a difference is easy. Visit www.parks.ky.gov for a full list of parks or use www.maps.google.com for detailed driving directions.