• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

September 25 is National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 25, 2010 is National Public Lands Day. People all across the country will turn out on this day to take part in volunteer projects to benefit America's shared heritage, its public lands. Entrance fees will be waived for the day at National Park Service areas as well as other federal recreation sites. The fee waiver applies only to park entrance fees and does not include other fees such as fees charged for camping, reservations, and tours.

Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are encouraged to hike, camp, rock climb, star gaze, and pursue other recreational activities. They are also encouraged to volunteer for a variety of needed work projects on Saturday morning. Participating volunteers will receive a coupon good for a future “fee-free day" at national parks and other federal sites.

Volunteers are needed to help with balloon recovery and general trash pick-up, seed cleaning and paper pot construction, and cleaning interpretive exhibits and signs. The clean-up of dumped furniture, residential vegetation cuttings, and household trash from park land is also planned. Volunteers should bring a hat, water, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.

For further information about Public Lands Day activities at Joshua Tree National Park, contact park Volunteer Coordinator Laureen Lentz at 760-367-5524.

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