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National Public Lands Day

Point Reyes National Seashore annually hosts a variety of a volunteer projects in recognition of National Public Lands Day, which in 2013 will occur on September 28. Visit our National Public Lands Day 2013 page to find our what events Point Reyes National Seashore will be offering this year.

National Public Lands Day is an annual event held on a Saturday in late September. It is designed to encourage people to get outside and visit places such as Point Reyes National Seashore. National Public Lands Day is also a national volunteer effort to encourage folks to give back to the very lands we use to hike, bike, swim, explore, picnic, or just relax. It is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands!

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. In 2012, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,206 sites in every state, the District of Columbia, and in many U.S. territories. 2012 was the biggest National Public Lands Day in the history of the event. 2013 will be the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day. Now, eight federal agencies and many state and local lands participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands.

Past volunteer projects have included Adopt-a-Trail, Giacomini Wetland Restoration Workday, Habitat Restoration Workday, and a Beach Cleanup. All events are co-hosted by Point Reyes National Seashore Association. Additionally, we have offered the opportunity to experience Tule Elk during the rut (mating reason) with our volunteer Tule Elk Docents. To find out what events were held at Point Reyes National Seashore in previous years, click on the appropriate year:

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Fog-filled valley with yellow twilight glow over a ridge in the background. © John B. Weller.

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