National Public Lands Day

People carry old trail boards through the woods
Put on your work gloves and help preserve YOUR public lands on September 24!

Your chance to help preserve YOUR American treasures is Saturday, September 24, on National Public Lands Day. Join volunteers of all ages at the Barataria Preserve or at Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.on this nationwide day of service. You can share a few hours and make a big difference!

Jean Lafitte's projects will include cleaning up the great outdoors at the Barataria Preserve, beautifying the historic Malus-Beauregard House at Chalmette Battlefield, and cleaning headstones at Chalmette National Cemetery. 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 due to poison ivy), 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 22. To register for either site, call Jean Lafitte's volunteer coordinator at 504-589-3882 ext. 120. The Barataria Preserve is located at 6588 Barataria Boulevard in Marrero near Crown Point. Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery are located at 8606 West St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette. Here's a copy of the National Public Lands Day volunteer recruiting 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.

Two young men clean headstones at Chalmette National Cemetery
Soap, water, and elbow grease are the best way to clean historic headstones as these volunteers demonstrated on National Public Lands Day 2014.

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Mailing Address:

419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130


(504) 589-3882
Phone numbers are for park headquarters. Phones are answered 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Park headquarters is closed on federal holidays and on Mardi Gras.

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