I love the idea of this and wish I could take part, but it’s definitely the wrong time for me. National Public Lands Day takes place the last Saturday of every September. For me, the lack of participation comes down to other obligations and lack of transportation.
The other obligation amounts to dog-sitting my mother’s dog, a complete stress case if she’s left alone. The dog is a complete sweetheart, but is so distressed when left alone that she gets destructive.
The lack of transportation comes down to the usual thing of being in a one-car family. There are a lot of things I can’t easily do.
But for those of you who can, this is a really great idea. Participants go and help care for our public lands. From the site:
Volunteers will build bridges and trails, improve habitat for wildlife, plant trees, remove invasive plants that threaten fragile natives, protected natural, historic and cultural resourcesâ€”and much more. Volunteers will work in parks and forests, at rivers, lakes, and wetlands, at cultural and historic sites and in their own neighborhoods.
There are a lot of opportunities to participate here in California, including some which would in other years be reasonable for me to participate in, which doesn’t really come as a surprise. Big state with plenty of public lands.
Anyone planning on participating?
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We participated in this last year by taking our Girl Scout Troop to a National Grasslands south of Chicago. We were put to work collecting seeds from flowers and it was a great way to spend the day. We also got to plant some seedlings which the girls loved.