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National Public Lands Day 2013 Events

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Youngsters celebrate National Public Lands Day at Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge in Puerto Rico, where they planted 100 trees.
Credit: Jose G. Martinez/USFWS

National Public Lands Day
Many refuges will host public events on Saturday, September 28 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.


  • Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge, MO
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Join in events including tree and native plant planting, trash removal and environmental education.


  • 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.


  • Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, IN
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Join a refuge volunteer project. Contact: Donna Stanley at 812-552-4352 or


  • 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.


  • Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge, WI
  • Saturday, September 28
    Help Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands with a volunteer project on the refuge. Sign up: 920-387-2658 ext. 14 or

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Last updated: June 24, 2013