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On Saturday, September 22, volunteers at Bays Mountain will join hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans at public land sites across the country to give back to the lands where we play, learn, exercise and relax in celebration of the 25th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) – the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

NPLD, coordinated each year by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) with support from national sponsor Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., brings together volunteers from across the country to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use and enjoy every day. Each year, NPLD volunteers provide tens of millions of dollars’ worth of services in one day that would otherwise take limited park staff months to accomplish. Last year, more than 200,000 people participated in events at more than 2,500 sites in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

Bays Mountain Park will be hosting a National Public Lands Workday on Saturday, September 22, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Volunteers will meet in front of the Farmstead Museum at 8:30 a.m., and will spend a few hours with a park naturalist and other park trail volunteers helping maintain a few trails. The project will focus on hiking roughly four miles around Lake Road Trail removing branches and overgrowth along with picking up trash.

“Your work will help ensure that Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium continues to be a beautiful place for all to enjoy,” said Megan Krager senior naturalist at Bays Mountain Park.

Volunteers are highly encouraged to wear closed toed shoes. Water bottles, hats, work gloves and bug repellent are highly recommended. This is a great program for students needing volunteer hours for school or scholarships. No experience is required. Pre-registration is required by calling the Nature Center at 423-229-9447. This is a free program.

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