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Contact: Becky Latanich, 907-747-0132
SITKA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK (September 22, 2014) –On Saturday, September 27, tens of thousands of volunteers will visit their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves, or forests and chip in to help improve these treasured places. They will be taking part in National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in our country. This event brings together thousands of volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise and just plain enjoyment.
Join volunteers and staff at Sitka National Historical Park as we celebrate the 21st annual National Public Lands Day. Once again, this annual event will be held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy and Turning the Tides as a way to contribute to the International Coastal Cleanup Day. Together we will use our hands to clean up our park and nearby beaches while keeping an eye out for interesting or unusual coastal debris. Bring some water, a friend, and a willingness to give back to your community.
Schedule of Events Park Cleanup
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center at 1:00 p.m. for some light refreshments. We will meet with Ashley Bolwerk from the Sitka Sound Science Center who will give a short introduction about the importance of cleaning up beaches followed by a joint effort to clean up trash in the park. There will be awards for all volunteers and a Golden Ticket Hunt for youth participants. Trash bags, safety vests, and protective gloves will be provided.
Park Prescriptions Prize Drawing
The Sitka Community Hospital Foundation will sponsor a second drawing for a $100 cash prize for qualified Park Prescriptions participants. Information about how to sign up for this healthy initiative will also be available.
Photo Contest Awards
The winners of the park’s annual photo contest will be announced during the National Public Lands Day event. All photos will be on display in the Visitor Center lobby through October 18th.
To learn more about this nationwide celebration, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org.