National Public Lands Day 2019

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Point Reyes National Seashore hosted two volunteer events in recognition of National Public Lands Day 2019 on September 28. Ranger-led programs will also be offered at 1:30 pm on both Saturday, September 28 and on Sunday, September 29 at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

National Public Lands Day (usually observed on the fourth Saturday of September) is an annual event designed to encourage people to get outside and visit places such as Point Reyes National Seashore. National Public Lands Day is also a national volunteer effort to encourage folks to give back to the very lands we use to hike, bike, swim, explore, picnic, or just relax. It is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands!

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Now, eight federal agencies and many state and local lands participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands. In 2018, about 113,000 volunteers worked at over 1,170 sites in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, contributing ~452,000 hours of service.

Give back to your public lands! Volunteers received a free swag bag, which included one fee-free coupon for admission to any National Park after participating on a National Public Lands Day project and more! Below is a listing of events that were held at Point Reyes National Seashore on the 2019 National Public Lands Day.

A National Park Service employee casting aside weeds he has pulled from the ground.

Event: Vegetation Clearing for Preservation
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 9 am–1 pm
Location: Meet at the Commonweal parking lot off of Mesa Road northwest of Bolinas
Directions from the Bear Valley Visitor Center to the Commonweal parking lot

Have you ever seen an abandoned structure overgrown with plants? Do you ever wonder about the stories that historic building could tell if it came alive? This National Public Lands Day was your chance to get involved with Point Reyes National Seashore's Preservation Crew to make a meaningful impact in our deferred maintenance backlog! The public was invited to join the Preservation Crew to remove overgrown vegetation around the perimeter of a unique historic structure slated for restoration! Participants had the opportunity to discover and learn more about the history of the building from our very own Preservation Crew Lead, then participate in a facilitated meditation or nature listening session right next to the Pacific Ocean.

Nine people walk single-file along a trail through a meadow surrounded by trees with yellow leaves.

Event: Palomarin Trail Cleanup
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 9 am–1 pm
Location: Meet at the Commonweal parking lot off of Mesa Road northwest of Bolinas
Directions from the Bear Valley Visitor Center to the Commonweal parking lot

The public was invited to join park rangers and members of Women Who Hike's NorCal chapter on a collaborative Leave No Trace (LNT) trail cleanup at one of Point Reyes National Seashore's most popular and heavily used trails. No experience in the wilderness was necessary—just the desire to care for one's public lands and to meet like-minded people. Volunteers learned key LNT principles as a group before heading out on a facilitated six-mile round trip hike on the Palomarin Trail to remove trash, clean wayside exhibit signs, and catalog graffiti for park staff. To be consistent with LNT principles, there were only a limited number of ten spots available.

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Last updated: October 4, 2019

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