Friends of Big Bend National Park and the staff of Big Bend National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day at Big Bend National Park on Sept. 25, 2010. This celebration of public lands for friends and family will bring visitors to the park to complete a volunteer project and get a behind-the-scenes briefing from park staff.
This year’s project will be the beautification of Persimmon Gap Visitors Center. Participants will have the option to do a variety of projects, from landscaping to trash pickup to helping update exhibits. Projects will be available for persons of all ages and abilities. After lunch, the park’s fire management staff will discuss fire and land management in the park, and do a controlled burn for guests (weather permitting). Online registration is available at www.bigbendfriends.org.
National Public Lands Day is an annual nationwide celebration of our country’s public lands. It is held the last weekend of September, and this year’s celebrations will bring hundreds of thousands of people out to public lands across the country. In addition to volunteer activities the Friends of Big Bend will host a rootbeer float party on Friday evening and a Saturday evening ranger program for all park guests.
This event is sponsored in part by Bill Miller BBQ, Culligan Southwest, Forever Resorts, Saint Arnold Root Beer and Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit. This is the second year that the Friends have hosted events for National Public Lands Day. In 2009, over 60 volunteers cleaned up the Basin Group Campground and groomed the Window Trail.
Friends of Big Bend National Park is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support, promote
and raise funds for Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River in partnership with the National Park Services and other supporters who value the unique qualities of this national resource along the Rio Grande.
For more details about the activities of Friends of Big Bend National Park, log onto www.bigbendfriends.org.