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Contact: Georgina Jacquez, 520-377-5069
"Everyone mount up!" This became a familiar call from Spanish Lt. Col. Juan Bautista de Anza. In 1776, while American patriots fought for their independence from England, Anza led some 240 men, women, and children on a 1,200 mile journey to settle Alta California. It was the first overland route from New Spain (now Mexico) to colonize the San Francisco Bay, passing through the Santa Cruz River Valley on their way. The route of this expedition is commemorated by the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The trail passes through Tumacácori National Historical Park.
Volunteers of all ages are invited to join Tumacácori to celebrate the 23rd Annual National Public Lands Day. Together we will celebrate our shared public lands by cleaning up trash along the 1.5 mile section of the Anza Trail within the national park (3 mile round trip). The event will be on September 24, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Volunteers will meet in the park picnic area for a brief orientation. Supplies provided include;trash bags, safety vests, and work gloves. Event volunteers can earn service hours, a reusable Tumacácori water bottle, and a coupon good for free entrance to any National Park Service site for four people, to be used on a future visit. Regular park admission will be free for anyone visiting the park on this day.
Participants are encouraged to bring plenty of water, snacks, a hat, and sun protection. For more information or to register to participate in the trail clean-up, contact ranger Georgina at 520-377-5069 or e-mail us.
Tumacácori National Historical Park is located 45 miles south of Tucson and 15 miles north of Nogales. Take exit 29 off of I-19 and follow the signs.For more information, call Tumacácori National Historical Park at 520-377-5060, or visit the park website, at nps.gov/tuma.To learn more about the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail visit nps.gov/juba.