Shenandoah National Park Celebrates Public Lands Day 2012
Shenandoah National Park invites you to become one of thousands of volunteers across the country to celebrate service and recreation on National Public Lands Day 2012 on Saturday, September 29, 2012. All National Park Service entrance fees will be waived to encourage participation.
The park will be hosting an event at the Byrd Visitor Center and Big Meadows at mile 51.2 along Skyline Drive. Following a short informative presentation, participants will assist with field work to help preserve the Big Meadows cultural landscape. The service project will take place in the meadow and will include cutting black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) saplings using loppers and/or folding handsaws. Shenandoah will provide leather gloves and any other needed equipment. Volunteers should come dressed for working outdoors (long pants and closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended) and should bring water, food, sunscreen, and bug spray. Please come help us preserve this historic and valuable landscape.
In addition to celebrating the spirit of public service, this event is intended to educate participants about human and ecological threats that impact the park as well as show what everyone can do to help by volunteering, being respectful when visiting our parks, and making wise choices at home.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, September 29, 2012
8:30 am - 9:30 am Registration Byrd Visitor Center
9:30 am - 10:00 am Presentation/Orientation Byrd Visitor Center
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Service Project Big Meadows
For your convenience, registration paperwork can be e-mailed to participants prior to the event. To RSVP or to obtain more information, please contact the event organizer listed below.
To RSVP or for more information, contact Cindy Blugerman, Natural Resources Volunteer Coordinator at (540)999-3500, ext.3437 or e-mail us.
Did You Know?
Benton McKaye, the “father of the Appalachian Trail,” was also instrumental in passage of the Wilderness Act. Shenandoah National Park carries on Benton McKaye’s legacy with 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail and almost 80,000 acres of designated wilderness. More...