More than 170,000 volunteers are expected at more than 2,100 sites across the country on Sept. 29 to take part in the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States, National Public Lands Day.
If you’d like to participate in sprucing up a nearby public park, here are a few locations in the area with the park’s related activity. It’s a great way to meet new people or get the family involved while taking care of our region’s public land.
Click on the park links below to find out locations and more information about that park's specific event on National Public Lands Day.
Barcroft Park in Arlington is hosting a project to remove invasive vines to protect the magnolia bog.
Fort Washington Park in Maryland is seeking the help of volunteers to clean up the shoreline. Coordinators ask that participants meet at the lighthouse. Trash bags and gloves will be provided and the cleanup is followed by a presentation about the area.
Huntley Meadows in Alexandria is offering a project removing invasive vegetation. Gloves, tools and water will be provided. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanies by an adult.
Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge in Lorton is offering several projects from litter clean-up to invasive species removal.
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C., is gathering volunteers to do some light construction work, remove invasive plants and weeds, plant flowers and pick up litter. Volunteers are requested to wear long sleeve shirts and long pants.
Oxon Cove Park/Oxon Hill Farm in Maryland is seeking help picking up trash along the Potomac River and help repairing fences.
Rock Creek Park, Picnic Grove 13, is hosting a project removing invasive vines from treets. Training, tools and gloves are provided. Wear long pants, long sleeves or boots. No sandals.