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National Public Lands Day

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Date: September 9, 2008
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7170

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park celebrates this annual event on September 27, 2008 with free entry and special programming from 9:30am-5:00pm, at the Hyde Street Pier and Visitor Center. Hands-On Learning and Volunteerism Highlighted!

Celebrate the 15th annual National Public Lands (NPL) Day on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park with free admission to board the magnificent historic ships at Hyde Street Pier! 

One-third of America is publicly owned, and this event honors the incredible diversity of our nation’s National Parks and other public lands.  All are invited to the park to deepen their understanding of maritime heritage through a variety of free programming.

This special day also promotes public stewardship through volunteerism – integral to the care of America’s natural and cultural resources.  Last year 100,000 volunteers throughout the country built trails and bridges, planted native trees, removed trash and invasive plants, as well as numerous other projects at 1,100 locations.

Park volunteers will be on hand to showcase maritime arts, trades, and skills.  Volunteers contribute to the work of this park through ship preservation efforts and educational presentations for the public. Find out how you can sign up to volunteer!

Admission at many federal sites is free on NPL Day. This includes land managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Forest Service. Both the Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture are committed to promoting citizen stewardship of public lands and increasing volunteer opportunities.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Museum (closed for renovation) and library. The park offers both regular programs and special events. For more information, call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website at   http://www.nps.gov/safr.

Did You Know?

Balclutha moored at the pier with a modern container ship passing behind her.

A modern container ship slips behind Balclutha on its way to port. Ocean routes are still the major highways of the world. Balclutha, moored at San Francisco Maritime NHP, was an ocean-going cargo ship for 43 years, between 1886 and 1929.