Volunteer to care for the land

CARLSBAD — The city of Carlsbad will celebrate National Public Lands Day with a volunteer trail clean up from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Sept. 27 at Hosp Grove off Jefferson Street and Marron Road. Volunteer work will include tree planting in the East Grove, as well as trail surface improvements, litter pick up and other trail work. City staff will be on hand to assist with the volunteer event.

Registration for the Sept. 27 event is not required. The city will provide tools, water and light snacks and requests that volunteers bring gloves and wear long pants, hats, sunscreen and close toed shoes.

Overflow parking is available at Westfield Carlsbad Mall at the end of Monroe Street. Volunteers need to check in and a short training session will take place at the Rotary Picnic Area. For more information, visit carlsbadca.gov/trails and publiclandsday.org.

“National Public Lands Day is a single-day volunteer effort aimed at educating the public about the environment and natural resources to improve public lands for outdoor recreation. Every September, the city joins with other communities nationwide in a special day of volunteer activities focused on improving public lands throughout the country,” said Liz Ketabian, Carlsbad park planning and trails manager.

National Public Lands Day is sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation, which was chartered by Congress in 1990 to advance environmental knowledge. The national volunteer day began in 1994 with just three sites and 700 volunteers, and last year approximately 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,206 sites in every state.

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