Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Bandelier National Monument:
September 22 – Entrance Fee Waived
September 29 – Work Project Planned
Often just known as NPLD, National Public Lands Day is generally billed as the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. On this day, thousands of people do volunteer work such as trail maintenance and litter pickup, while others make a special point of taking the day to enjoy the public lands that belong to everyone. To celebrate this special day, many federal lands, and some state parks as well, offer free admission.
This year Bandelier will be hosting a Volunteer Work Project on Saturday, September 29, from 10 AM – 2 PM to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Volunteers will be removing common mullein, Verbascum thapsus, an invasive plant species, along the trail from Ponderosa Campground to the Upper Crossing. Volunteers will be asked to meet at the campground at 10 AM and bring gloves, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and to wear long sleeves and long pants. A pizza lunch will be served courtesy of the Friends of Bandelier after the event. Please RSVP to Ritchie Sahneyah at Ritchie_Sahneyah@nps.gov.
The theme of this year’s 25th annual National Public Lands Day is restoration and resilience. Removing an invasive plant species at Bandelier is a great opportunity to connect people to public lands in their community. Please join us on Saturday September 29th, for this wonderful chance to participate in resource stewardship at Bandelier!
According to Superintendent Jason Lott, “This is a terrific opportunity to come out to Bandelier. Whether you enjoy a fee free day on September 22 or volunteer to help preserve Bandelier on September 29th, take a day to celebrate the great outdoors and the lands that give us so much.”
The last fee free day for 2018, will be on Sunday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day.
For information about Bandelier National Monument, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505-672-3861 x 517 or visit www.nps.gov/band, on Facebook, BandelierNPS.
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