Public Lands Week
September 22-29, 2018
This year will mark the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day and the 2nd Virginia Public Lands Day. Virginia Conservation Network and Virginia’s United Land Trusts-in partnership with the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, The Nature Conservancy, the Piedmont Environmental Council, and other organizations across the state-will be celebrating local, state, and federal public lands the week of September 22-29, 2018.
From the smallest city-owned green space to the largest federal landholdings, publicly-owned lands play an important role in providing the building blocks for healthy watersheds, wildlife habitat, restoration of diminished species, and generating economic development and jobs. These precious public places across the landscape give Virginia communities their sense of place, scenic beauty, and protected cultural heritage.
Virginians value our 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.
- These public lands, and their trails, campsites, cabins, and boat launches, help generate $21.9 billion in consumer spending a year on outdoor recreation activities in the Commonwealth. This supports 197,000 direct jobs, and accounts for $6.5 billion in wages and salaries and $1.2 billion in state and local tax revenue. Outdoor recreation
Virginians have terrific opportunities to enjoy our public lands:
- Virginia is home to 37 state parks with three under development offering thousands of campsites, hundreds of cabins, and 651 miles of trails, and 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.
|Host Name||Event Address||Link||Brief Description of Event|
|Bear Creek Lake State Park||22 Bear Creek Lake Road, Cumberland, VA, email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/bear-creek-lake.shtml||September 22, 2018, 8am - 5:30pm: 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 our park that have been impacted by the invasive Japanese Stilt grass, meet with staff at the Park Office at 10 a.m. for site assignment, and we'll spend 90 minutes pulling out the invaders. The grass pulls up easily, but work gloves are recommended. |
We have opened up a bike trail and on Bike Your Park Day, we invite you to join us with a special service project. Meet with staff at the CMT parking area at 2 p.m. to help spruce up our new bike trail. After the work is out of the way then we invite you to play. Bring your bicycle and give the freshly cleaned trail a test run. We do not offer bike rentals.
|Belle Isle State Park||1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster, VA, 22503||BelleIsle@dcr.virginia.gov||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml||September 22, 2018, 10am - 12pm: 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. Meet at the Motor Boat Launch.|
|Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural-heritage/natural-area-preserves/buffalo||September 26, 2018, 9am: Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve comprises 1140 acres of forests, barrens, and seeps overlooking Floyd County and the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Participants will hike ~ 1 mile through a Central Appalachian oak - hickory forest to an open, grassy summit containing a globally rare plant community. We will meet at the Buffalo Mountain NAP parking lot at 9 a.m. Advanced phone registration is required, and spots fill quickly. Ryan Klopf, with DCR's Natural Heritage Program, will lead this hike. Participants must bring snacks, drinking water and sturdy hiking boots. You may also want to bring a camera, rain gear, field guides and binoculars. Limit: 15 participants.To register call 804-786-7951.|
|Caledon State Park||11617 Caledon Road, King George, VA, 22485||Caledon@dcr.virginia.gov||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml||Sept. 23, 2018, 9am - 12pm: Grab your work gloves and bring your creative minds as we work on Caledon's Natural Play Area. To observe National Public Lands Day, this year we will be cleaning up Caledon's unique Natural Play Area as well as building and installing brand new elements. All are welcome to volunteer. Please contact the Visitor Center by calling (540)663-3861 to volunteer for this event or ask for any more information. Meet at the Picnic Shelter|
|Channels Natural Area Preserve||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural-heritage/natural-area-preserves/thechannels||September 29, 2018, 9am: The Channels State Forest is comprised of 4,836 acres on Clinch Mountain in Washington and Russell counties. A 721-acre portion of the state forest is dedicated as Channels Natural Area Preserve and contains the “Great Channels” - a unique and fascinating geologic formation comprised of a network of deep sandstone crevices at the top of Middle Knob along Clinch Mountain. Participants will also have a chance to see rare high-elevation forest communities and have a chance to learn about and discuss the geology and ecology of the area. Participants should be prepared for a moderately-strenuous 6-mile roundtrip hike that is steep and rocky. We will meet at the Hayters Gap Community Center & Public Library at 9 a.m. and carpool to the mountain. Advanced phone registration is required, and spots fill quickly. John Hartley, with DCR's Natural Heritage Program, will lead this hike. Participants must bring lunch, drinking water and sturdy hiking boots. You may also want to bring a camera, rain gear, field guides and binoculars. Limit: 20 participants. To register call 804-786-7951.|
|Chippokes Plantation State Park||695 Chippokes Park Road, Surry, VA, firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/chippokes-plantation.shtml||September 22, 2018, 9am - 12pm: 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 our various gardens around the park, and prepare them for the winter with pollinators in mind. You will be surprised what the pollinators use, even in the winter. There is free parking/admission for this day. Meet at the visitor center.|
|Claytor Lake State Park||6620 Ben H. Bolen Drive, Dublin, VA, email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/claytor-lake.shtml||September 22, 2018, 1-3 pm: Help enhance our lake shoreline in a partnership with Clean Virginia Waterways by volunteering to help clean up trash/litter along our waterway. We will keep track of the different items recovered. Think you'll find to most unique item? Meet at the beach parking lot.|
|Douthat State Park||14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro, VA, firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/douthat.shtml||September 22, 2018: 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. Meet at the Discovery Center Pakring Lot.
|Fairy Stone State Park||967 Fairystone Lake Dr., Stuart, VA 24171||FairyStone@dcr.virginia.gov||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/fairy-stone||September 22, 2018: 10am - 12pm: Help us clean up our trails, volunteers needed. Volunteers will assist park staff in pruning back 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. Please wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty, comfortable shoes, bring plenty of water, sunscreen and bug spray. Meet at the Visitor Center.|
|False Cape State Park||4001 Sandpiper Road, Virginia Beach, VA, email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/false-cape.shtml||September 22, 2018, 7am - 12pm: Join park staff for a unique opportunity to paddle out onto Back Bay for trash & debris collection. We will meet at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge for transportation into False Cape, where we will launch kayaks. 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. For experienced paddlers only. There is free parking/admission for this day. Meet at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge for Transport.|
|First Landing State Park||2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/first-landing.shtml||September 22, 2018, 9am - 12pm: 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. Meet at Chesapeake Bay Center.|
|Grayson Highlands State Park||829 Grayson Highlands Lane, Mouth Of Wilson, VA, email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/grayson-highlands.shtml||September 29, 2018, 9am - 10am: 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 be pulling species such as 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. Meeet at the Park Office.|
|High Bridge Trail State Park||6888 Green Bay Road, Green Bay, VA, firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/high-bridge-trail.shtml||September 22, 2018, 8:30am - 11am: 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 site. For more information, contact the High Bridge Trail State Park office at 434-315-0457.|
There is free parking/admission for this day. Meet at Camp Paradise, High Bridge State Park.
|Holliday Lake State Park||2759 State Park Road, Appomattox, VA, email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/holliday-lake.shtml||September 22, 2018, 2pm - 4pm: 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 and trail cleanup event during National Public Lands Day and the International Coastal Cleanup. Pre-registration is required to use park boats for 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. Meet at the Beach Area.|
|Hungry Mother State Park||2854 Park Boulevard, Marion, VA, firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/hungry-mother.shtml||September 22, 2018, 10am - 4pm: Come out to your local state park and join in the fun of working with large groups of people to help clean-up an area you love. Join the interpreters as we clean-up and spruce-up our public park. There are many jobs that need to be done behind the scenes to keep our public parks running smoothly and looking beautiful. Become a friend of Hungry Mother State Park for the day and help keep our Public Lands looking awesome. Call 276-781-7415 to sign up for you or your group to either pick up trash, paint a fence, clean signs, weed flower beds, clean off facilities, remove invasive species, or another jobs that interest you. |
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. Meet at the Discovery Center.
|James River State Park||104 Green Hill Drive, Gladstone, VA, email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/james-river.shtml||September 22, 2018, 9am - 12pm: 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. Meet at the Visitor's Center.
|Kiptopeke State Park||3540 Kiptopeke Drive, Cape Charles, VA, firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/kiptopeke.shtml||September 22, 2018, 9 am - 12pm: Join us, from 9 to noon, 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. That evening from 7-9 p.m. we'll conduct a Sunset Hike and Owl Prowl at picnic shelter 1. Parking fees will be waived the entire day, so come out and enjoy a beautiful September day in the park. Meet at Kiptopeke Pier.|
|Lake Anna State Park||6800 Lawyers Road, Spotsylvania, VA, email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/lake-anna.shtml||September 22, 2018: Join us as Virginia State Parks celebrates National Environmental Education Foundation's National Public Lands Day. Help us clean up our trails after the busy summer months. Gloves, trash bags and water can be picked up from our Visitor Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. Meet at the Visitor's Center.
|Leesylvania State Park||2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, VA, firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/leesylvania.shtml||September 22, 2018, 9:45am-1:45pm: --Coastal Shore Tour, 9:45 am-10:30 am, Come prepared for a short walk to learn about the natural history of the shoreline of Leesylvania and the importance of the shoreline restoration project.|
--Shoreline Clean-up, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Join a ranger to help clean up trash and driftwood around half a mile of shoreline area. Come prepared to get dirty.
--Painting Driftwood, 12:45 pm-1:45 pm, After working hard outside we will be painting driftwood pieces found on the shore inside the Visitor Center while enjoying some refreshing lemonade and freshly baked cookies. Join us while supplies last.
For volunteers, let someone at the gate know that you are coming in for the Shoreline Clean-up for free admission. For more information please call 703-583-6904.
|Mason Neck State Park||7301 High Point Rd., Lorton, VA 22079||MasonNeck@dcr.virginia.gov||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/mason-neck||September 22, 2018, 9am - 12pm: 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. Come assist park rangers in cleaning up the shoreline of the Belmont Bay, providing restoration of the natural habitat by ridding the shore of discarded trash and debris. 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. Meet at the Visitor's Center. |
|Natural Bridge State Park||6477 South Lee Highway, Natural Bridge, VA, 24578||NaturalBridge@dcr.virginia.gov||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-bridge||September 22, 2018, 9am - 12pm: Help clear trail corridor and improve trail tread. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. Pack snacks and water. Tools and supplies will be provided. Ages 11+ are welcome. Meet in the front of the Visitor's Center.|
|Natural Tunnel State Park||1420 Natural Tunnel Parkway, Duffield, VA, email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-tunnel.shtml||September 22, 2018, 9am - 11am: Join Region 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. |
Register your group or family by calling the park office at 276-940-2674. Wear shoes and clothing you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a pair of work gloves, the park will have some available to borrow. Meet at the Visitor Center.
|New River Trail State Park||176 Orphanage DR, Max Meadows, VA, firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/new-river-trail.shtml||September 22, 2018, 10am - 4pm: Join us to help clean up the Hoover Trail and improve the trail tread for park guest. Dress for the weather and wear close toe shoes. Pack snacks and water. Tools will be provided and don't forget the bug spray. Meet at HooverTrail Parking.|
|Occoneechee State Park||1192 Occoneechee Park Road, Clarksville, VA, email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/occoneechee.shtml||September 22, 2018, 10am - 3pm: Volunteer to help clean and protect our park. Bring your group and choose an area of park to restore to pristine condition. Parking fees are waived for those participating in the event. See the rangers in the Visitor Center to check in and they will assist you in getting started. Following your task, stay and enjoy the park's trails and picnic areas. Great for families who are inspiring the gift of service to others in children.|
|Pocahontas State Park||10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, VA, firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/pocahontas.shtml||September 22, 2018, 10am - 3pm: 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. Please meet at the Nature Center. For more information, please email Adrianna.email@example.com or visit https://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-Pocahontas-State-Park/events/242535904|
|Powhatan State Park||4616 Powhatan State Park Road, Powhatan, VA, firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/powhatan.shtml||September 22, 2018, 10am - 12pm: Join Powhatan State Park for National Public Lands Day as we help Mother Nature by cleaning up the debris left behind by our ancestors. We will be going to an old dump site located on the park and removing the man made objects. There is free parking/admission for this day. Meet at Trailhead Parking.|
|Sailors Creek Battlefield State Park||6541 Saylers Creek Road, Rice, VA, email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sailors-creek.shtml||September 22, 2018 11am - 1pm: As an example of the enduring spirit and devotion to our cultural and environmental values for helping to make the world a better place, whether at home or abroad, volunteers are requested to assist park rangers with a roadside cleanup effort along a two-mile stretch of highway that cuts through the heart of the Battlefield. We will provide bottled water, light snacks, bug spray, sun screen, traffic safety vests, trash bags, gloves and roadside security. Comfortable attire, including long pants, hats and closed-toe shoes, are highly recommended. This family-friendly event is ideal for ages 8 years and older. The cleanup effort is weather dependent (and may be re-scheduled at a later date, to be determined). For questions, please contact the visitor center at 804-561-7510. Meet at Battlefield Visitor's Center.|
|Shenandoah National Park||Byrd Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Parkfirstname.lastname@example.org||https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=1E319EB9-155D-451F-6704CB5489E612D1||September 22, 2018, 9am - 3pm: Monarch butterflies and milkweed seeds will be the focus for the 25th National Public Lands Day volunteer event in Shenandoah National Park. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51 on Skyline Drive. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, apply sunscreen and bug spray, and bring plenty of water.Events include: |
--Milkweed Seed Collection Volunteer Event, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
--Interpretive Table & Children’s Activity Table, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
--Monarch Tagging Demonstration, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
--Junior Ranger Program, 2:30 p.m.
--Monarch Butterfly Release, 4:00 p.m.
|Shenandoah River State Park||350 Daughters of Stars Drive, Bentonville, VA, email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/shenandoah-river.shtml||September 22, 2018, 10am - 12pm: Join us as we give back to the land by participating in a riverbank clean up for National Public Lands Day. We welcome volunteers to enjoy the park as we pick up trash along the way. Prizes will be given for the most trash collected and the most surprising thing found. Closed toed shoes are required, water bottle and bug spray are recommended. Meet at the Main Canoe Launch. |
|Sky Meadows State Park||11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA, 20144||SkyMeadows@dcr.virginia.gov||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky-meadows.shtml||September 22, 2018 11am- 3pm: Do not take bluebirds for granted. Perching on fence posts, and enlivening the landscape with vibrant blue, these birds were once in decline. The 80 bluebird nesting boxes seen along trails and roadways at Sky Meadows are placed and maintained by a committed team of volunteers. During nesting season, these volunteers monitor for insects and predators threatening eggs and hatchlings. Be a part of this successful conservation initiative. Join a hike to refresh nests in bluebird boxes. From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Discovery Area, help build new boxes and learn how to establish a nesting box in your own community. Meet at the Children's Discovery Area. |
|Smith Mountain Lake State Park||1235 State Park Road, Huddleston, VA, firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/smith-mountain-lake.shtml||September 22, 2018, 1pm - 4pm: 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. Meet at the Boat Ramp.
|Southwest Virginia Museum State Park||10 West 1st Street North, Big Stone Gap, VA, 24219||SWVAMuseum@dcr.virginia.gov||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/southwest-virginia-museum.shtml||September 22, 2018, 1pm - 3pm: 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. |
|Staunton River Battlefield State Park||1035 Fort Hill Trail, Randolph, VA, email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/staunton-river-battlefield.shtml||September 22, 2018, 9am - 12pm: "Go Native'' for National Public Lands Day, Most landscaping plants available at nurseries are alien species from other countries that become nuisances out-competing native species and degrading the habitat. The bottom line is-- selecting to go native is the best option when planting for the birds, the bees, the flowers and the trees. So join us and Go Native. We will be planting a selection of native plants for National Public Lands Day. Please wear clothing and shoes appropriate for digging and planting. Bring sunscreen, plenty of water and snacks. Pre-registration by phone at (434) 454-4312. Meet at Clover Visitor Center. |
|Staunton River State Park||1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, VA, firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/staunton-river.shtml||September 22, 2018, 10am - 2pm: Join us for a float on the Staunton River. For National Public Lands Day we will be floating down the Staunton River and cleaning up any litter we see along the way. Canoes and personal flotation devices will be provided but are limited. Please call the park to register for your seat. 434-572-4623. Parking Fee is required to enter the park. Meet at the Visitor Center.|
|Twin Lakes State Park||788 Twin Lakes Road, Green Bay, VA, email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/twin-lakes.shtml||September 22, 2018, 9am - 12pm: On National Public Lands Day, individuals all across the state and the U.S. will be working together towards one common goal: to preserve and maintain our treasured public lands. Leave your mark on the park by joining us and other community members as we care for the incredible natural resources at Twin Lakes. |
Parking is free all day. Closed toed shoes and a water bottle are recommended for this activity. Meet at the Concession Stand.
|Westmoreland State Park||145 Cliff Road, Montross, VA, firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/westmoreland.shtml||September 22, 2018, 9am - 12pm: Get outside and observe as Citizen Scientists for National Public Lands Day at Westmoreland State Park. For three hours, we will catalogue as many species of life within the park as we can together. Let's see how many species we can find! All you need to do is be able to take identifiable photos of living things in the park during the three hour window and add them to our iNaturalist project. |
Bring your smartphone/mobile device and install the app, or bring your camera to upload photos on the website! We will split up into groups to catalog as many species of plants and animals in the park as we can. This is a day of fun and learning to promote healthy lifestyles and environmental stewardship. Please bring comfortable footwear, appropriate attire, a water bottle, and your smartphone (not required) or camera.
Even if you can't make it to the BioBlitz, you can still help us out by helping to identify the species that have been photographed.
Join the project, learn about iNaturalist, participate, and track our progress at:
|Wilderness Road State Park||8051 Wilderness Road, Ewing, VA, 24248||WildernessRoad@dcr.virginia.gov||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/wilderness-road.shtml||September 29, 2018, 10:30am - 12:30pm: 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. Meet at the Visitor's Center. |
|York River State Park||9801 York River Park Road, Williamsburg, VA, email@example.com||http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/york-river.shtml||September 22, 2018: Virginia's public lands are a resource for the enjoyment of all citizens and visitors. Help us to maintain them this weekend. We will clean up the shoreline at the Riverview section of the park. We will be providing transportation to this remote shoreline. There will be free parking for this event. Meet at the Visitor's Center.|
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Land Conservation & Greenways Conference, April 8-10, 2019, Downtown Hilton, Richmond, VA