A Talk on the Wild Side.
National Public Lands Day cypress tree planting at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Photo by D.Valentin/USFWS
Saturday is one of the nation’s largest volunteer events, and we’d love to have you help out on national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries across the country.
National Public Lands Day encourages everyone to celebrate your public lands. At some refuges and hatcheries, you can pitch in to make them more beautiful than they already are. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge will be clearing/putting rock down by the bird feeder area, and that means pulling invasive weeds and much more.
It sounds like hard work, but you’d be surprised how fun and rewarding it can be. Just ask any national wildlife refuge volunteer. How would refuges get by without them?
These are the folks who give their time freely to maintain trails, remove plant pests, help greet visitors and staff refuge events, and so much more.
And then there are the super-volunteers – people who donate an amazing 10,000 hours or more to refuges. Talk about a generous contribution. By a common estimate, those 10,000 hours represent a $240,000 savings to refuges.
Meet a few of the Refuge System’s remarkable 10,000-plus-hour club members.
At other sites, National Public Lands Day will be a public lands party. Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico is holding its annual birthday bash, and everyone is invited for free cake, music and tours in celebration of the refuge’s 5th birthday.
Even if you can’t volunteer, National Public Lands Day is a fee-free day for all federal public lands. So get out on your public lands and enjoy!