Volunteers Pitch in for First-Ever Patchogue River Cleanup to Celebrate National Public Lands Day

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News Release Date: September 29, 2016

Contact: Kaetlyn Jackson, 631-687-4770

Contact: Elizabeth Rogers, 631-687-4766

Patchogue, NY – On Sunday, October 16 Fire Island National Seashore and partners will host the first-ever Patchogue River Cleanup in honor of the 23rd Annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). Volunteers of all ages are invited to help clean up the river at participating riverfront sites or by boat.

Volunteer check-in will be held at 10:00 am at the Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal at 150 West Ave in Patchogue, New York. Work gloves, trash pickers, proper safety equipment, and light refreshments will be provided. The first 100 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt.

In addition to the cleanup, park rangers and partners will offer free family-oriented activities at the ferry terminal throughout the day, including fishing demos and river-themed crafts. This event is offered in collaboration with the Village of Patchogue, Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, St. Joseph's College, Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, Patchogue Theater, Blue Point Brewery, GreaterPatchogue.com, and the Friends of Fire Island National Seashore.

NPLD, coordinated each year by the National Environmental Education Foundation, brings together volunteers from across the country to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use and enjoy every day. Each year, NPLD volunteers provide tens of millions of dollars' worth of services that would otherwise take limited park staff months to accomplish. Last year, more than 200,000 Americans participated in NPLD events at more than 2,500 sites in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. More information on NPLD can be found on the NEEF website at NEEFusa.org/NPLD.  

Last updated: September 28, 2016

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