Saturday, September 26 – National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year 120,000 volunteers worked in over 1,800 locations and in every state. Now, 8 federal agencies and many state and local lands participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands.

National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the “tree army” that worked from 1933-42 to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage.

This annual event:

  • Educates Americans about critical environmental and natural resources issues and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands;
  • Builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community based upon mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America’s public lands;
  • Improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work.

To find a site near you, or to nominate a site, log on to   One venue will be the Boston Nature Center, one of the organizations supported by The Garden Club of the Back Bay.

This event will be an interactive educational event for youth of all ages. Local, state and federal land management agencies will provide games, activities and information. Join them from 1 to 4 PM at the Boston Nature Center.

Contact: Jessie Scott
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Phone: 617-626-4979
On the Web:
Location: 500 Walk Hill Street | Mattapan, Massachusetts 02126

Another local event will be sponsored by the Charles River Conservancy, alont the Charles River Parklands, removing invasive species, combined with trash pick-up along the banks of the Charles.

Contact: John Broderick
Agency: Charles River Conservancy
Phone: (617) 300-8173
On the Web:
Location: 4 Brattle Street | Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138