National Public Lands Day
National Public Lands Day will be celebrated on September 28 this year. Beginning in 1994 with only a small handful of sites, National Public Lands Day is a time to get outside, enjoy the great outdoors and volunteer.
"National Public Lands Day reminds all of us of the vast and diverse nature of America's open spaces, from small neighborhood parks to large national parks, and the importance of each one," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "We are fortunate that more than 600 million acres of public land, including national parks, provide all of us with cherished places where we can go to unwind, recreate, or learn."
Many people will lend a hand to help the land and spend part of National Public Lands Day volunteering on work projects. More than 170,000 people are expected to plant trees, clean watersheds, remove invasive plants, replace signs, and otherwise beautify 2,000 public sites throughout the country.
At Morristown National Historical Park, entrance fees to the Washington's Headquarters Museum will be waived and park rangers will be leading hikes and presenting outdoor activities such as:
Civilian Conservation Corps Hike: During the Great Depression of the 1930's a group of young men changed Jockey Hollow forever. Join a Ranger on a 2.25 mile roundtrip hike on the Yellow Trail to discover how these men transformed Jockey Hollow into what we love today while only earning $30 a month! 10:00am at the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center.
Flint and Steel: Ever wonder how people in the 18th Century survived without the invention of matches. Join a Ranger at the Wick House to see a flint and steel demonstration used to light a candle. 11:00am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm at the Wick House.
Colonial Games - Have some old-fashioned fun as you take on the same games that the soldiers and the Wick Family played. Try your hand at nine-pins, quoits, trap-ball, nine-man morris, fox & geese and other 18th century games. 1:30pm to 4:00pm at the Wick House.
Visit www.publiclandsday.org for more information.
Did You Know?
John Adams defended the British soldiers accused of murder after the Boston Massacre so well, that a Massachusetts jury found six of the eight not guilty by reason of self defense. Two were found guilty of manslaughter.