Join hands for National Public Lands Day at Bryce Canyon National Park on September 23, 2023. Volunteers gather from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., including individuals, school groups, families, and community organizations. To learn more and sign up, visit go.nps.gov/BrycePLD.
Are you a fan of painting, hiking, or keeping areas clean? The September 23 projects involve painting fences, closing social trails, and cleaning viewpoints. Gather at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center plaza at noon, then form project teams. Safety gear and supplies are provided, and work ends at 3:00 p.m.
Entrance to federally managed sites is free on September 23. Volunteers get an entry pass for all federal public lands, valid for a year. As a bonus, three hours of volunteer work waive one night’s campsite reservation fees. Register a week ahead due to limited campsite availability.
Joy Lamarre, park volunteer coordinator, says this is a unique chance for you and your community to contribute. Your efforts help safeguard visitors, natural features, wildlife, and scenic views.
Advance registration is preferred. For more details about National Public Lands Day and volunteering at Bryce Canyon National Park, check go.nps.gov/BrycePLD or call (435) 834-4743.
About National Public Lands Day
Marking 30 years of care and community, National Public Lands Day has united people nationwide to celebrate and nurture public lands. Beginning with one federal agency, two sites, and 700 volunteers, it’s become the largest single-day volunteer event for public lands.
A key event of the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), National Public Lands Day creates strong connections between people and the environment, fostering environmental stewardship. Learn more at www.neefusa.org.
This news story above is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on August 30, 2023. You can read the original release here.
What National Parks & Public Lands Mean to Us
National parks and public lands have significantly enriched our enjoyment by offering breathtaking natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, and opportunities for various recreational activities. These lands provide a chance to explore stunning landscapes, from towering mountains to serene lakes, lush forests to vast deserts. They serve as havens for outdoor enthusiasts, offering hiking, camping, birdwatching, and more.
Moreover, these areas hold historical and cultural significance, sharing stories of our nation’s past and indigenous cultures. They offer educational experiences through interpretive programs and guided tours. National parks also play a vital role in preserving endangered species and habitats, contributing to our understanding of the environment.
These protected spaces offer a retreat from urban life, fostering relaxation, mental rejuvenation, and a deeper connection with nature. The scenic vistas, starry night skies, and tranquil environments found in national parks and public lands create lasting memories and encourage a sense of stewardship toward our natural heritage.
Protect & Preserve our National Parks & Public Lands
Wondering what we can do to continue to preserve our American National Treasures? Here are 10 things we can do to help:
- Practice Leave No Trace: Whenever visiting these areas, follow the Leave No Trace principles. Minimize your impact by packing out all trash, staying on designated trails, and avoiding disturbing wildlife.
- Support Conservation Efforts: Contribute to organizations dedicated to preserving these lands, such as the National Park Foundation or local land trusts. Your donations can fund important conservation projects.
- Volunteer: Participate in volunteer programs to help maintain trails, restore habitats, and educate visitors about responsible practices. Your time and effort can make a significant difference.
- Stay Informed: Learn about the specific rules and regulations of the park or public land you’re visiting. This knowledge will help you avoid actions that could harm the environment or wildlife.
- Advocate for Protection: Support policies and legislation that prioritize the conservation and protection of these areas. Write to your representatives and express your concerns about environmental issues.
- Reduce Your Footprint: Consider the environmental impact of your travel choices. Opt for eco-friendly transportation, conserve water, and minimize energy use during your visit.
- Respect Wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance and never feed them. Human food can harm animals and alter their natural behaviors.
- Educate Others: Share your knowledge about responsible practices with friends, family, and fellow travelers. Help create a culture of respect and stewardship for these special places.
- Participate in Restoration Projects: Engage in habitat restoration projects like tree planting and invasive species removal to help maintain the health of these ecosystems.
- Lead by Example: Demonstrate responsible behavior in parks and public lands. Others may follow suit, creating a collective positive impact on these precious areas.
National Parks List, Map, and Complete Guide (All 63 Parks + Downloadable List & Map)
Want a FREE complete list and recap of all our US National Parks as well as downloadable maps and other great resources? Check out our US National Parks List and Map guide!
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