Sept. 28: Lend A Hand on National Public Lands Day

By: Kevin Mims

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Many of us have spent countless hours on peaceful walks on Florida's trails and exploring parks around the state, but have you considered the amount of work that it takes for us to enjoy these places? Take some time to give back to these Florida treasures by lending a hand on Saturday, Sept. 28.

National Public Lands Day is the largest one-day volunteer effort on public lands in the country. Here in Florida, there are lots of locations throughout the state where you can help out, from coastal cleanups and invasive plant removal to basic trash collection and trail maintenance.

With such an extensive system of public lands, you won't have to look far to find a place to volunteer. For starters, Florida State Parks will be holding over 70 events and activities. Other conservation lands, preserves, wildlife refuges and management areas all over Florida have planned volunteer events, and you might even find a festival or two happening as well.

In addition, admission fees are waived for National Parks on Sept. 28, so you get a chance to visit cool places like Everglades National Park, Castillo De San Marcos National Monument, Gulf Islands National Seashore and several others for free. 

To find out more about National Public Lands Day or to locate an event near you, visit www.publiclandsday.org. For events happening in Florida State Parks, check out www.floridastateparks.org/thingstodo/events.cfm.

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