Put on your work gloves and help preserve YOUR public lands on Saturday, September 22! It's National Public Lands Day, and you can join park staff and volunteers 9:00 a.m.-noon on this nationwide day of service to make a BIG difference in a few hours.
Jean Lafiitte has two National Public Lands Day project to choose from: cleaning up the great outdoors at the Barataria Preserve in Marrero or beautifying Chalmette National Cemetery in Chalmette.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome; children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers should be prepared to get dirty: work clothes (long sleeves and pants are best), closed-toe shoes or boots, work gloves, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a personal water bottle are recommended. The park will provide water for volunteers. The work projects will happen rain or shine (though thunderstorms will force cancellation), so if it looks rainy, bring your raingear.
Volunteers must register by Thursday, September 20. To register for any of the projects, call the volunteer coordinator for the parks at 504-589-3882 ext. 120. Here's a pdf of the 2018 National Public Lands Day flier to download, print, and share.
If you'd like, get a jump on the day by printing out the necessary forms, filling them in, and bringing them with you (forms will also be available when you check in). Remember that forms for volunteers under 18 must be signed by a parent or guardian.
- photo release form to allow pictures of you to be taken (for volunteers working at either site)
- volunteer form for volunteers working at the Barataria Preserve (includes a description of work to be done)
- volunteer form for volunteers working at Chalmette National Cemetery (includes a description of work to be done)
Bonus National Public Lands Day event: On Saturday, September 29, head to Jean Lafitte's Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux for Plant Natives! The free event happens 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and will feature "It's Native," an indigenous community organization, sharing plant lore, demonstrating how to make yaupon tea, using plant dyes (bring your own T-shirt to dye), and sharing local plant lore. You can also plant native plants and seeds, learn about invasive species, and watch a documentary about nutrias in Louisiana. Here's a pdf Plant Natives! flier to download, print, and share. Follow the link above for all the details and how to register.