Volunteer and Celebrate National Public Lands Day 2009
Contact: Kathleen Harter, (906) 337-3168
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. In 2008, 120,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and invasive plants, and planted over 1.6 million trees.
Join volunteers and park staff at Keweenaw National Historical Park on Saturday, September 26 as they clear vegetation, remove exotic plants, and clean the former Calumet & Hecla pattern storage warehouse. The goal is to make the building more accessible to the community and park visitors during guided tours of the industrial area.
All volunteers and participants will receive a free lunch and have free tours of Coppertown Mining Museum. Everyone will also get a sneak peak of the Ken Burns film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea premiering on PBS on Sunday, September 27. The day also includes special children’s activities.
The event begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Keweenaw National Historical Park headquarters building located at 25970 Red Jacket Road in Calumet, Michigan. Advance registration is required. Please call park headquarters at 906-337-3168 for further information, and join the activities for the 16th annual National Public Lands Day.
Did You Know?
The Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan was home to one of our nation's first mineral rushes. Prospectors seeking copper travelled there in the middle 1840's, a few years before the "49'ers" sought gold out west. The story of this rush is told today at Keweenaw National Historical Park.