Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean. -- Johann Wolfgang Von GoetheI'm pretty big on encouraging everyone to take care of their own share of the planet by maintaining an eco-friendly landscape. But in a broader sense, the public lands in your area are an extension of "your share".
September 24, 2011 is National Public Lands Day (NPLD). It is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in the United States.
NPLD began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and NPLD became a yearly tradition.
Last year, 170,000 volunteers worked at over 2,080 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. NPLD volunteers:
- Removed an estimated 450 tons of trash
- Collected an estimated 20,000 pounds of invasive plants
- Built and maintained an estimated 1,320 miles of trails
- Planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants
- Contributed an estimated $15 million to improve public lands across the country
There are many events scheduled for NPLD in the area. If you are looking for a way to meet other eco-minded people and clean up some of the area parks, why not spend a few hours at one of these great events:
Rock Creek Park is the location of a National Public Lands Day signature event. Over 200 volunteers will come together to beautify the park in the morning. Later on, they will celebrate at a recreation and health fair in the afternoon..
If you find yourself on the National Mall, head to President’s Park and the Ellipse for the Nickelodeon World Wide Day of Play. There will activities and games for families to get outside and get moving. The focus will be on Let’s Move Outside and recreation education. The National Environmental Education Foundation will be on the Ellipse to join in on the fun.
In the District of Columbia
- Buddy Attick Park, Greenbelt
- Carderock Park, Cabin John
- C&O Canal National Historic Park, Potomac
- Fort Washington Park, Fort Washington
- Greenbelt National Park, Greenbelt
- Little Paint Branch Park, Beltsville
- Sligo Creek, Montgomery County
- University Hills Duck Pond, Adelphi
- Watkins Nature Center, Upper Marlboro
- Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington
- Barcroft Park, Arlington
- Daingerfield Island Marina, McLean
- Four Mile Run Park, Arlington
- Great Falls Park, McLean
- Lacey Woods, Arlington
- Loudoun Water Aquiary, Ashburn
- Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas
- Mason Neck State Park, Lorton
- Meadowood Recreation Management Area, Lorton