The 25th annual National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) National Public Lands Day on September 22 is a time to visit a favorite outdoor spot. Every day, natural disasters and extreme weather, human activities, and a host of other factors take their toll on our public lands, threatening the health and well-being of the people and wildlife who depend on them.
Public land managers, volunteers and others work tirelessly to restore these areas, make them more resilient to future threats and ensure that people and wildlife continue to enjoy them for years to come. Other milestones for public lands in 2018 are 50th anniversary of National Trails System and the 50th Anniversary of Rivers & Trails Act.
Our natural resources are resilient, but only if we treat them right and give them the care they need. Through volunteer service on National Public Lands Day and grant support to local organizations, NEEF helps ensure people of all ages and abilities connect with public lands for recreation, hands-on learning, and community-building—now and in the future.
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Clean Up: from 9 a.m. to noon, September 22
OCNP is a 120-acre preserve in the heart of the Oak Cliff neighborhood and well-loved by the people of Dallas and visited by thousands of hikers and bikers year-round. They will be picking up trash and doing some invasive species removal.
Event location: 2875 Pierce St, Dallas. For more information, email Info@texaslandconservancy.org.
Toyota National Public Lands Day Celebration: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 22.
Volunteers will participate in activities ranging from painting projects to helping clean out and prepare our historic lambing barn for the next round of lambs in the spring.
Event location: Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St, Plano. For more information, email Catherine@heritagefarmstead.org.
River Legacy Trail Maintenance and Beautification project: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 22.
Trail maintenance, privet pull, trash clean up.
Event location: River Legacy Living Science Center Trails, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington . For more information, email Sherrie@riverlegacy.org .
Keep Flower Mound Beautiful, Fall Trash Bash & Fair: from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., September 22.
Volunteers go out throughout the town to parks, trails, waterways and roadways to pick up trash. The volunteers bring the trash back and are provided with lunch, prizes, and giveaways. A vendor/environmental educational fair begins at 10 a.m. and is open to everyone for free. It includes kids activities, education stations and vendor booths.
Event location: 3411 Peters Colony Rd., Flower Mound. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trash Bash: from 9 a.m. to noon, September 29.
Park cleanup to stop litter from reaching the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.
Event location: 333 E. I-635, Irving. For more information, email Rhose@cityofirving.org.
For more North Texas National Public Lands celebration events, visit NEEFUSA.org/event-locator.
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