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National Public Lands Day 2013 Events

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At Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge in Puerto Rico, voluntary girl scouts gather for a group photo after replanting 100 trees. Lend a hand at a refuge near you on September 28, National Public Lands Day.
Credit: USFWS

National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 28
Many refuges will host public events to mark National Public Lands Day, which encourages people to get out and experience America’s outdoors. Among refuge events planned:

  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, WI

    9:30 a.m. to noon
    Help refuge staff remove invasive plants on the refuge. Long pants, sturdy shoes, and gloves are recommended. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Meet at the Egret Trail floating boardwalk parking lot along the auto tour off Hwy 49.

  • Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, TX

    9 to 11 a.m.
    Take part in a trash cleanup at the Hwy 105 Trinity River Bridge.  Aluminum cans and metal will be recycled. Bring gloves; plastic bags will be provided. More information:  Stuart Marcus at 936/336-9786.

  • Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, MO

    8 a.m. to noon
    Join a refuge volunteer project from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Then attend a free program, Mushrooms at Mingo, offered by the Missouri Mycological Society. Finally, join a refuge ranger for birdwatching from the Monopoly Overlook.

  • DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, IA

    8:30 a.m.
    Join refuge staff in a cleanup of DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges. Pull invasive plants. Earn conservation community service hours and learn about other refuge volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. Lunch is provided.


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Last updated: July 23, 2013