Virginia Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 30th, 2017
Virginia’s United Land Trusts in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, The Piedmont Environmental Council, Potomac Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, and other organizations across the state will be celebrating the newly established Virginia Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 30th.
Virginia Public Lands
- More than nine in ten respondents to the Virginia Outdoors Plan Survey consider access to outdoor recreation to be very important or important.
- Ninety seven percent of sportsmen agree that protecting and conserving public lands for future generations is important.
- Virginia is home to 37 state parks offering thousands of campsites, hundreds of cabins, and more than 600 miles of trails, with convenient access to boating, fishing, and swimming.
- The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) manages 24 state forests that total 68,626 acres across the Commonwealth, ranging in size from 128 to 19,808 acres. State forests offer 77 miles of recreational trails; 81 miles of roads open to the public; 300 miles of controlled access trails for non-motorized use such as horseback riding, walking, or biking; and lakes and rivers that provide opportunities for fishing, and canoeing.
- The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) maintains 41 wildlife management areas, with more than 200,000 acres of land open to the public for wildlife-related recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing, and trapping.
- The Public Access Lands for Sportsmen program has opened more than 30,000 acres of private land in Dickenson and Wise counties and 260 acres in James City County for public use.
- The Virginia Outdoors Foundation protects more than 50,000 acres of open space that allow public access for recreation and education, including 60 miles of designated hiking and biking trails.
- Outdoor recreation activities in the Commonwealth generate $21.9 billion in consumer spending, support 197,000 direct jobs, and account for $6.5 billion in wages and salaries and $1.2 billion in state and local tax revenue.
History of the day
|Host Name||Event Address||Link||Brief Description of Event|
|The Nature Conservancy||The Pinnacle Natural Area Preservefirstname.lastname@example.org||www.nature.org/virginia||Join us for a Hike! |
The Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve (Russell County, VA, 20 minutes from Lebanon, VA)
Saturday, September 30 at 10 a.m.
Enjoy a nature hike led by The Nature Conservancy’s Clinch Valley Program Director, Brad Kreps. The Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve is located near the confluence of the Clinch River and Big Cedar Creek where towering cliffs, sheer limestone ledges, and waterfalls can be enjoyed from the trail. The preserve is named for a towering rock outcrop known as The Pinnacle—a sheer spire of dolomite created by the dissolving action of groundwater in combination with down-cutting of the gorge. The preserve’s unique habitats support at least nine rare species and two rare natural communities.
• Meet at The Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve parking lot at 10 a.m.
• This is a moderate 3-4 mile roundtrip hike to Big Cedar Falls
If you plan to participate please contact Jen Dalke, volunteer manager at email@example.com or call/text 540-335-1302.
|The Nature Conservancy: Nottoway River & Chub Sandhills Natural Area Preserve||23890 Peters Bridge Rd, Waverly, VA firstname.lastname@example.org||www.nature.org/virginia||Nottoway River/Chub Sandhills Natural Area Preserve (Sussex County, VA, 1 hr. from Richmond): 10 a.m.|
Enjoy a paddle and hike led by The Nature Conservancy’s Virginia Pinelands Program Director, Brian van Eerden. Chub Sandhills Natural Area Preserve is located along the Nottoway River, a state-designated scenic waterway. The river’s gentle current makes for an easy float suitable for beginners, and the sand/gravel beaches are great for pulling up boats and going for a swim. Following the paddle, for those interested, there will be a hike on the Preserve to see young stands of longleaf pine, one of Virginia’s rarest tree species. Historically occupying 1 million acres in southeastern VA, longleaf pine is making a comeback across several thousand acres including Chub Sandhill where VA Department of Conservation & Recreation, TNC and other partners are planting seedlings and using prescribed fire to restore longleaf habitats. Come enjoy one of VA’s wonderful coastal waterways and learn about conservation of the state’s pineland forests!
• Meet at Chub Sandhill Natural Area Preserve parking lot at 10 a.m.
• This is a gentle, 2-mile paddle followed by a 1 mile hike (if interested).
• Participants are responsible for bringing canoe/kayaks and PFDs. Shuttle service will be provided.
• The paddle and hike will take 3–4 hours.
|Northern Virginia Conservation Trust||RSVP for Meeting Site Locationemail@example.com||https://www.facebook.com/nvct.org/||This event is SEPTEMBER 23 not September 30. Celebrate Virginia Public Lands Day with the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust and Friends of Dyke Marsh! We will collect trash from the water by kayak/canoe. Please BYOB (Bring your own BOAT!)*|
RSVP to Rentz Hilyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-354-5093 for meeting place details.
*A limited number of boats will be supplied by NVCT. Contact Rentz Hilyer to reserve.
|Bald Knob Natural Area Preserve||Intersections of East Court Street & Donald Ave. Highway 220 overpass||Shelby.Crouch@dcr.virginia.gov||Reservations: The hike is limited to 15 participants. Please call 804-786-7951 to reserve your spot. Bald Knob is one of the most significant conservation sites in the Piedmont and is known for the largest occurrence of Piedmont fameflower on Earth. Because of its exposed rock and poor soils, few plants survive on the rocks, giving visitors a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape. This is an intermediate hike and there is no developed trail. The hike has a steady uphill climb of 15 percent grade with some steeper sections at the top. There are many tripping hazards. The hike will be approximately 1 mile. Wear long pants and boots as poison ivy, ticks and chiggers are common in this area. Bug spray and sunscreen are also recommended. Bring plenty of water. Hiking poles and a snack are also good to have on hand for this strenuous hike. |
|Crow's Nest||Stafford County Administration Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554||Shelby.Crouch@dcr.virginia.gov||Reservations: The hike is limited to 15 participants. Please call 804-786-7951 to reserve your spot. Crow’s Nest is a peninsula between Accokeek and Potomac creeks in Stafford County. At 2,872 acres, the preserve contains mature hardwood forest and some of the best examples of diverse, intact wetlands in the Potomac River drainage basin. The preserve supports habitat for a variety of species, including bald eagles, migratory birds, the federally endangered short-nosed sturgeon and 22 plant species important to Virginia’s Coastal Plain. Participants will enjoy a 3-mile hike along the Accokeek Creek Loop Trail. Along the trail, hikers will enjoy a walk through one of the best remaining mature hardwood forests in the Coastal Plain of Virginia as well as excellent views of the freshwater tidal marsh along Accokeek|
|The Shenandoah National Park Trust||Skyland Upper Loop Mile 41, Luray, VA email@example.com||http://snptrust.org/connect/volunteer-park-public-lands-day/||We’re looking for volunteers to help your park by gathering seeds of native plants for restoration projects in the Park. Seeds of native plants are needed to re-vegetate areas cleared of invasive weeds or disturbed by facility maintenance.|
|Bull Run Mountain Natural Area Preserve||17502 Beverley Mill Dr., Broad Run, VA 20137||Come and celebrate Public Lands Day with us at the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) at the Bull Run Mountain Natural Area Preserve. This celebration of National Public Lands Day will help us kick off a beautiful autumn season here at the preserve. The event is free and will be held from 10am-3pm. Come pick up a BRMNAP hiking checklist and indulge in conservation-minded kid’s activities. Local vendor and conservation easement holder, Jumpin Run Farm, will have fall staples such as, pumpkins, apples and fresh cider available. VOF staff and other local preservation groups will be on hand to discuss conservation issues and how to get involved! So, come out this Saturday for a hike and to learn more about conservation issues within the region!|
|Sky Meadows State Park / Piedmont Environmental Council||11012 Edmonds Lane, Visitor Center, Delaplane firstname.lastname@example.org||https://www.pecva.org/events/792-celebrate-virginia-public-lands-day||Take a hike through Sky Meadows State Park to PEC’s Piedmont Memorial Overlook, our 50 acre preserve adjacent to the park. Enjoy the spectacular views and take a tour with PEC staff to learn about our native meadow and habitat restoration efforts. Maps to the Overlook will be available from PEC staff at Sky Meadow's State Park's Boston Mill Road trailhead.|
|Bear Creek Lake State Park||22 Bear Creek Lake Road, Park Office, Cumberland email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/bear-creek-lake.shtml||National Public Lands are our sacred trust, and if we are to enjoy them, we should help care for them. On this day you have that opportunity by being a part of a special service project. Invasive plants are plants that have travelled to a new area where they are not native, and are taking over the native environment. This causes problems for our native ecosystems. http://tinyurl.com/zrlmrkg . To help restore areas of Bear Creek Lake State Park that have been impacted by the invasive Japanese Stilt grass, meet with staff at the Park Office for site assignment, and we'll spend 90 minutes pulling out the invaders. The grass pulls up easily, but work gloves are recommended. There is free parking/admission for th isday.Sart time: 10am.|
|Belle Isle State Park||1632 Belle Isle Road, Motor Boat Launch, Lancaster 22503||BelleIsle@dcr.virginia.gov||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml||Help Belle Isle State Park tend the garden, the oyster garden that is. Learn all about the life of an oyster: what they eat, how they grow, and if they have friends and enemies. We will also discuss the importance to the ecosystem of the bay and river. Volunteers will get a hands on, up close look at the oysters, as well as the critters that call the garden home. Be ready to get your hands dirty afterwards, as we clean the floats. Dress for the weather, in clothes you won't mind getting muddy. If you have them, bring your favorite pair of waterproof gloves and a bottle of water. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time: 10am.|
|Caledon State Park||11617 Caledon Road, Behind the Visitors Center, King George 22485||Caledon@dcr.virginia.gov||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml||Help us celebrate National Public Lands Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance by helping to construct the first designated indigenous pollinator garden. We are seeing a decline in pollinator species such as Honey Bees, Monarch Butterflies, and Hummingbirds. With this new garden we will help these animals to thrive here at the park. We will be building the garden and planting native species just behind the visitors center so that guests can watch these animals in their natural habitat. For more information, or to register, please call 540-663-3861 or email Caledon@dcr.virginia.gov. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time: 9am.|
|Claytor Lake State Park||6620 Ben H. Bolen Drive, Beach Parking Lot, Dublin firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/claytor-lake.shtml||Show your support for our public lands by helping clean up our waterway by volunteering to help pick up trash/litter along our shores. Before we begin the cleanup, we will have a short talk on water pollution and how it affects all of us. To sign up to volunteer please go to: http://tinyurl.com/zfjplzj. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time: 1pm.|
|Chippokes Plantation State Park||695 Chippokes Park Road, Farm & Forestry Museum, Surry email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/chippokes-plantation.shtml||National Public Lands Day is a nationwide event that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to parks in order to get them involved in natural resource conservation. This year we will take a look at some of the invasive plant species that threaten to take over the Chipoax Trace Trail. Discover what some of these species are, and tips and tricks to get rid of them in your yard. Then we'll work on removing some of these plants from the trail. Bring your sense of adventure, and we'll provide the work gloves and other tools needed to successfully remove some of these nuisance plants. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 9am.|
|Douthat State Park||14239 Douthat State Park Road, Discovery Center Parking Area, Millboro firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/douthat.shtml||Douthat State Park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the period of 1933-1936. Their goal was to protect Virginia's natural resources and to provide a place for families to experience and enjoy those resources well into the future. Please join us in our work to continue that mission. Join park ranger guides for an interpretive hike and trail clean-up. We will be picking up litter, downed sticks and limbs along the trail. This 0.79 mile moderate hike will follow Tobacco House Ridge Trail from the intersection of Blue Suck Falls Trail to White Oak Campground and will offer an outstanding view of Douthat Lake. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 1PM.|
|False Cape State Park||4001 Sandpiper Road, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge for Transport, Virginia Beach email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/false-cape.shtml||Join park staff for a unique opportunity to paddle out to Cedar Island for trash & debris collection. We will meet at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge for transportation into False Cape, where we will launch kayaks out to Cedar Island. Equipment is provided, trip is approximately 4 1/2 mile paddle round-trip. Reservations are required, space is limited. Please call the park to make your reservation and for more information. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 7am.|
|First Landing State Park||2500 Shore Drive, Chespeake Bay Center, Virginia Beach firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/first-landing.shtml||First Landing is participating in the International Coastal Clean Up with beach clean up. Join the world's largest volunteer effort for ocean health. What better way to serve your community than by keeping the waterways free of trash? Nearly nine million volunteers from 152 countries and locations have cleaned 145 million pounds of trash from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers, and the ocean on just one day each year. If you would like to participate in this event you must pre-register by emailing your name and the number of participants you are planning to bring to Erin.McManama@dcr.virginia.gov. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 9am.|
|Fairy Stone State Park||967 Fairystone Lake Drive, Visitor Center, Stuart email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/fairy-stone.shtml||Help us clean up our trails. Volunteers will assist the chief ranger in pruning back the encroaching tree limbs and removing debris throughout Fairy Stone's beautiful trails. Fairy Stone has miles of exciting trails that need our attention, and this is an amazing opportunity to give a helping hand to keep them looking good. While you are helping clear the trails, the chief ranger will talk about the history of the park, so you should get a good story to go along with the work. Volunteers are encouraged to wear close toed shoes, long pants, insect repellent, and gloves. There is free parking/admission for this day.Start time: 10am.|
|Grayson Highlands State Park||829 Grayson Highlands Lane, Park Office, Mouth of Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/grayson-highlands.shtml||Pollinators need our help. The number of bees, beetles, and butterflies have significantly decreased over the last 25 years. Lend a helping hand in the flower gardens at the park office by improving their habitats. We will pulling invasive crown vetch and dispersing native seeds that will sprout in the spring. We will be walking less than one mile on moderate terrain. Be prepared to get your hands a little dirty. The park will provide trash bags and work gloves. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time: 9am.|
|High Bridge Trail State Park||6888 Green Bay Road, Camp Paradise, Green Bay email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/high-bridge-trail.shtml||The Margaret Watson Bird Club will have volunteers available for a birding adventure on High Bridge Trail as we celebrate National Public Lands Day. Help our local bird club conduct an informal bird survey of wild birds on our park property. Dress for the weather, wear good walking shoes, and carry water. We recommend bringing binoculars, but the park has some that will be available. We welcome all visitors to this program which will be enjoyable and informative at all knowledge and experience levels. Following the bird survey, a cleanup will be held on a site along the Spur Line trail. For information, contact the High Bridge Trail State Park office at 434-315-0457. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 8:30.|
|Holliday Lake State Park||2759 State Park Road, Beach Area, Appomattox firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/holliday-lake.shtml||Trash in the water not only affects the park, but it can also have negative impacts further downstream. In cooperation with the National Environmental Education Foundation and Clean Virginia Waterways, Holliday Lake State Park will be holding a lake cleanup event during National Public Lands Day and the International Coastal Cleanup. Pre-registration is required to use park boats, free, during the cleanup, but participants may also walk trails to pick up litter. You can register by calling or emailing the Park Office. Please wear clothes that can get wet and dirty. We hope you will join us to create a positive impact on our public lands. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 2pm.|
|Hungry Mother State Park||2854 Park Boulevard, Camp Burson, Marion email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/hungry-mother.shtml||Join Natural Resource Specialist, Jordon Blevins, as he helps us discover the various alien species disrupting native plants in our local community. Find out how we can rid our homes of these non-native species and make our homes safer for native plants. Afterwards, join the interpreters in a volunteer effort in removing some of these unwanted plants from areas throughout the park. Wear shoes and clothing you don't mind getting dirty. Bring along a pair of work gloves, the park will have some available to borrow. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 10am.|
|James River State Park||104 Green Hill Drive, Visitor Center, Gladstone firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/james-river.shtml||What is one of the most commonly requested, and used, features of public lands? Trails! So in celebration of National Public Lands Day, and Virginia Public Lands Day, we are going to hold a three hour trail development and maintenance workshop. We will share some of the reasons why and how we build trails on Virginia State Parks land, and provide some insights that you can take with you to your local, state, or national public lands. Every park needs help with trail maintenance, and the time you'll spend will us will help make you a valuable volunteer. We will look at and discuss the tools for trail building and maintenance, hike some trails at the park to learn about the features of a good trail, look at some places that have had work done to improve them, and hopefully have time to work on a section of trail. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 9am.|
|Kiptopeke State Park||3540 Kiptopeke Drive, Kiptopeke Pier, Cape Charles email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/kiptopeke.shtml||Join us at the Kiptopeke Pier for a morning cleanup of our beaches and coastal dune trails as part of National Public Lands Day. As we all work together to clean and protect this precious resource, our Park interpretive staff will introduce you to some of the natural, historical, and cultural wonders of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and the importance of protecting our State and National Lands. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 9am.|
|Lake Anna State Park||6800 Lawyers Road, Visitor Center, Spotsylvania firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/lake-anna.shtml||Join us as Virginia State Parks celebrates National Environmental Education Foundation's National Public Lands Day. We'll be preparing our Pollinator Garden to withstand winter's cold by laying a protective layer of mulch. Gloves, shovels, mulch and water will be provided for all pre-registered participants. Please preregister by Saturday, September 23. To register for any of our programming in advance, please call the Visitor Center at (540) 854-6245 and leave a message. Please provide your name, number in your group, and a contact phone number. Please call back to confirm your reservation has been received. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 9am.|
|Leesylvania State Park||2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, Visitor Center, Woodbrige email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/leesylvania.shtml||Help Potomac Conservancy kick off the Growing Native season here at Leesylvania State Park. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to help collect native tree seeds in this beautiful and historic park. These seeds will go to local nurseries that grow trees for reforesting efforts across the region. Not only will you be creating forests for tomorrow, you will also learn more about the important connection between healthy, forested lands and clean waters. What you need: Close-toed shoes and Sharp nut-spotting eyes. What we provide: Everything else. All tools, drinking water, and supplies will be provided by Potomac Conservancy and Leesylvania State Park. Check-in is between 9:30 a.m. and 10. It is important that you arrive on time so that we can get started with instructions and a brief Tree-ID lesson at 10 a.m. For more information please call 703-583-6904. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 10am.|
|Mason Neck State Park||7301 High Point Road, Front of Visitor Center, Lorton firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/mason-neck.shtml||Join us in celebrating National Public Lands Day at Mason Neck State Park. We're going to have several "Spruce Up" projects available for volunteers to assist us with and you can take your choice. From simple trail clearing to light carpentry projects we'll put you and your friends or family to work doing something the park will benefit from after a long summer of regular use. Make sure you wear clothes you can get dirty and will protect you from bugs and the sun. We'll provide work tools for getting the job done. Bring your own gloves if you have them. The park will have a few for those who don't have their own. And after the work is done, stick around and join one of our afternoon programs for some fun while learning about the park and it's resources. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 9am.|
|Natural Bridge State Park||6477 South Lee Highway, Patio in Front of Visitor Center, Natural Bridge 24578||NaturalBridge@dcr.virginia.gov||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-bridge||Be an important part of Natural Bridge State Park and make a positive difference by helping with trail clean-up. Pre-registration is encouraged by calling 540-291-1330. Please bring work gloves, snacks, water, and comfortable work clothes. Thank you for your support and stewardship. This event is recommended for ages 8 years and up. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 9am.|
|New River Trail State Park||176 Orphanage DR, Ed Dannelly Park/Chestnut Creek Falls, Max Meadows email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/new-river-trail.shtml||Join us as we clean debris from the Chestnut Creek Falls area. We will walk to Chestnut Creek Falls picking up trash along the 1.5 mile trek and then around the Falls area. Trash bags will be loaded on a park truck and volunteers will enjoy the 1.5 mile hike back. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water and snacks. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 8am.|
|Occoneechee State Park||1192 Occoneechee Park Road, Visitors Center, Clarksville firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/occoneechee.shtml||Show your support for Occoneechee by supporting a park clean up initiative. This will be dependent on weather and lake level on what area of the park will be cleaned but could include the shoreline to clean up debris that comes ashore or trails to clear sticks and trash that accumulates along the trails that we all enjoy. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 9am.|
|Pocahontas State Park||10301 State Park Road, Swift Creek Boat Launch, Chesterfield email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/pocahontas.shtml||Our public lands are a wonderful treasure from which we can all derive joy, peace, and health. National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to do your part to make sure that treasure lasts. Volunteers are needed to perform fall trail maintenance on some of our well-used trails. The park will provide tools, safety equipment, and instruction. Participants should bring work gloves, water, and snacks. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 9am.|
|Powhatan State Park||4616 Powhatan State Park Road, Shelter #3, Powhatan firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/powhatan.shtml||Stewardship Virginia is a statewide initiative that focuses on enhancing and conserving Virginia's cultural and natural resources. As a part of our Stewardship Virginia Fall initiative at Powhatan State Park, we will hike River Trail and pick up trash and debris along the way. Join a park ranger to have some fun and help keep one of our most popular trails clean for future hikers to enjoy. Gloves and trash bags are provided. For more information you can call our office at 804-598-7148. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 10am.|
|Staunton River Battlefield State Park||1035 Fort Hill Trail, Clover Visitor Center, Randolph email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/staunton-river-battlefield.shtml||Help us celebrate National Public Lands Day. We are seeking volunteers to join park staff in preparing the Butterfly Garden for the fall and winter. Help us pull the last of the summer weeds and dig, divide and plant native pollinator friendly perennials. While we work, learn about some of the native plants that grow in our area and how to use them in your home landscape. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 1pm.|
|Sailors Creek Battlefield State Park||6541 Saylers Creek Road, Battlefield Visitor Center, Rice firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sailors-creek.shtml||Show your appreciation for our public lands by coming out to assist park rangers with a roadside cleanup effort along a two-mile stretch of highway that cuts through the battlefield. The cleanup is weather dependent. We will provide bottled water, light snacks, bug spray, sun screen, traffic safety vests, trash bags and gloves. Comfortable attire, including long pants, hats and close-toed shoes, are highly recommended. This family-friendly event is ideal for ages 8 years and older. For questions, please contact the Visitor Center at (804) 561-7510. Start time 10am.|
|Shenandoah River State Park||350 Daughters of Stars Drive, Main Canoe Launch, Bentonville email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/shenandoah-river.shtml||Join The Friends of Shenandoah River State Park in their annual river cleanup. This is a wonderful way to help the environment and have a great time doing so as part of our celebration of National Public Lands Day. Downriver Canoe and Front Royal Canoe companies are generously offering the use of canoes at no charge for the first forty individuals who sign up for this event (two per canoe). There will be a brief orientation at the main canoe launch and then we'll be transported to the Bentonville low water bridge parking area, where we will put in and float down to the park canoe landing, picking up trash as we go. It should take approximately 3 hours. Also, anyone who wants to help on shore by picking up trash along the river bank and trails is welcome to participate as well. The minimum age to participate is 6 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve your spot, please call Donna at the park office to register, at 540-622-6840. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 11am.|
|Sky Meadows State Park||11012 Edmonds Lane, Visitor Center, Delaplane 20144||SkyMeadows@dcr.virginia.gov||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky-meadows.shtml||Sky Meadows continues a 300 year-old tradition of farming that depends on pollination. The butterflies, bees and birds that pollinate are declining. Join us to learn how Sky Meadows is teaming up in the fight to save pollinators by growing pollinator friendly plots. Help us continue our efforts by harvesting pollinator seeds to ensure the sustainability of these vital habitats. Also, find out how to take these ideas home and increase habitat for pollinators and conserve these species in your own backyard. There is free parking/admission for this day. Be sure to wear proper shoes, sunscreen and bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Start time 11am.|
|Smith Mountain Lake State Park||1235 State Park Road, Boat Ramp, Huddleston firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/smith-mountain-lake.shtml||Want to help improve the ecology of Smith Mountain Lake? Volunteer to work with a park ranger and help create fish habitat structures to be placed in the lake. The primary purpose of fish habitat structures is to congregate fish for the angler. However, it also provides protection from danger, a place for fish to raise young, lay eggs, and feed, amongst other positive benefits. Bluegills, minnows, and other prey fish use the structures to hide from predators. Larger fish seeking an easy meal gather at these structures. Fry and forage species are the key to sustainability: protect them and there will be plenty of larger fish to catch. So, come on out, enjoy a day of fresh air, as well as some of the best views of the lake while you help the ecology of Smith Mountain Lake. There is free parking/admission for this day. Pre-registration required. For additional information on this event, or to pre-register, call 540-297-6066. Click this link (http://tinyurl.com/nzxsw2f) for more information on becoming a Virginia State Park volunteer. Start time 1pm.|
|Staunton River State Park||1170 Staunton Trail, Visitor Center, Scottsburg email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/staunton-river.shtml||Join us at Staunton River State Park as we celebrate National Public Lands Day. In honor of the Civilian Conservation Corps, who built this beautiful park in 1936, we will be hosting a tree planting. We would also like to dedicate this event to the wonderful inhabitants of Virginia. Without the support of the Citizens of the Commonwealth, State Parks would not be possible. This will be a great opportunity to learn about and take advantage of some of the amazing resources that Virginia has to offer. Hope to see you there. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 10am.|
|Southwest Virginia Museum State Park||10 West 1st Street North, Museum Grounds, Big Stone Gap 24219||SWVAMuseum@dcr.virginia.gov||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/southwest-virginia-museum.shtml||Lend your valuable time, energy, and creativity to the ongoing work on the grounds of the park. We will sponsor a volunteer cleanup and landscape beautification day on the park's grounds. Specific activities will depend upon the park's needs in September. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 1pm.|
|Twin Lakes State Park||788 Twin Lakes Road, Concession Stand, Green Bay firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/twin-lakes.shtml||Want to help your favorite park stay clean and beautiful? National Public Lands Day gives you the opportunity to make your mark on the park. Join other passionate park goers as we work on various projects to help improve the park and get it ready for the winter season. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 9am.|
|Westmoreland State Park||145 Cliff Road, Various Locations, Montross email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/westmoreland.shtml||10am-Noon National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to help a local or favorite public land near you. Join us at the Discovery Center where we will begin trail clean-up along our CC trail. Bring your gloves and we will provide the trash bags. 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Join us at the Boathouse to help clean the beach along the Potomac River after a busy summer. Bring gloves and we will bring the trash bags. There is free parking/admission for this day.|
|Wilderness Road State Park||8051 Wilderness Road, Visitor Center, Ewing 24248||WildernessRoad@dcr.virginia.gov||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/wilderness-road.shtml||A special remembrance ceremony for the victims of September 11, 2001 will be conducted by park staff who will also hold a special flag retirement service. The park will also host a tree planting event. The tree will be dedicated to veterans of foreign wars with a plaque to be erected to recognize these courageous men and women. The tree planting also offers a day to get outdoors, enjoy nature and give back to the land. Preserving land is important for future generations to enjoy, learn from and live off of. So if you're interested in lending a hand or have a flag that needs to be properly retired, come to the park for this this fun and educational program based on an initiative by the National Environment Education Foundation. There is free parking/admission for this day. Start time 10:30am.|
News & Events
January 22, 2018, VaULT Business Meeting
April 23-25, 2018, VaULT Land Conservation & Greenways Conference, Roanoke