Celebrate National Public Lands Day 2019 with Corps!

This Saturday, September 28, marks National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. Hundreds of events will take place at federal, state and local lands across the country, engaging thousands of people in activities ranging from pulling invasive species to building new trails.

Every year, Service and Conservation Corps facilitate or participate in NPLD activities. Here’s a snapshot of how some member organizations of The Corps Network will observe NPLD 2019.

As a proud nonprofit partner of NPLD, we encourage you to get outside this weekend and give back to our public lands. Maybe you can even serve alongside Corpsmembers!


California Conservation Corps

Yosemite Facelift
The CCC’s Fresno Energy Crew will participate in Yosemite Facelift, a largescale service project coordinated by the National Park Service, Yosemite Climbing Association and The North Face. The event will involve a range of activities, including litter abatement, trail maintenance and habitat restoration

Pine Flat Lake and Dam
CCC members from the Fresno area will join the Army Corps of Engineers, Kings River Conservancy, and many other volunteers to help in the redevelopment and reopening of a public access area along the Kings River.

San Bernardino National Forest Mountaintop Restoration
CCC members from the Inland Empire District will join the U.S. Forest Service to help restore monarch butterfly habitat through planting native milkweed and removing invasive species.


Los Angeles Conservation Corps

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (CA)
The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Culver City – also known as the “Culver City Stairs” – is a current project site for Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC) in collaboration with California State Parks and the Audubon Society. Here, Corpsmembers are creating uniform step heights and conducting trail maintenance. For NPLD, the Corps invites the community to join them in habitat restoration at the park.


Montana Conservation Corps

Northern Rockies Service Project in Kalispell
This project will involve doing trail work and weed pulling at Lone Pine State Park. All volunteers should wear weather appropriate clothing, long pants, closed toe shoes, and gloves. Tools and lunch will be provided, but please bring water! After lunch, there will be a free guided hike at Herron Park. This project is hosted in partnership with Lone Pine State Park, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (Region 1), and Foy’s to Blacktail Trails. Lunch provided by Daybreak Rotary Club.
Date and Time: Saturday, September 28 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Meeting Point: Lone Pine State Park, 300 Lone Pine Rd. Kalispell, MT 59901
RSVP: Secure your spot at (406) 755-2706

MCC will continue the NPLD celebration into October with additional service events!

Sunday, October 6 – Western Wildlands Service Project in Missoula, MT
Project will involve making some flow adjustments to the Lower Fenceline reroute trail in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area. Work will entail primarily digging, along with some transplanting. All volunteers should wear weather appropriate clothing, long pants, closed toe shoes, gloves, and bring water & snack! Tools will be provided. This project is in partnership with MTB Missoula.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Meeting Point: At 9am at the Main Rattlesnake Trailhead, to carpool or bike/hike up to Sawmill Gulch.

Saturday, October 12 – Central Divide Service Project in Helena, MT
Project will take place at the area informally called ‘The KMart Ponds’and will involve creating access to several ponds for wildlife viewing, by removing brush, removing invasive species and potentially building small trails. All volunteers should wear weather appropriate clothing, long pants, closed toe shoes, and bring water! Gloves, tools, and snacks will be provided. This project is in partnership with the City of Helena, 6th Ward Neighborhood Association, and the Last Chance Audubon Society.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meeting Point: 1700 Cedar St., Helena, MT, 59601 (old Kmart parking lot)
Questions: Call the MCC Helena office at (406) 495-9214


Northwest Youth Corps

NPLD at Mount Rainier
Northwest Youth Corps is partnering with Washington Trails Association, the National Park Service and National Park Conservation Association for an event to engage the public in routine maintenance of the popular Wonderland Trail and other nearby trails. Learn more here.


Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Rocky Mountain National Park Clean-Up
Rocky Mountain Conservancy is partnering with the National Park Service to engage volunteers in cleaning up the area approaching the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.


Rocky Mountain Youth Corps – NM
Student Conservation Association
Southwest Conservation Corps

Build Your Refuge Day – Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is partnering with several member organizations of The Corps Network to help set up and lead volunteer activities at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque. The event will include planting native species and educational activities.


Wyoming Conservation Corps

Pole Mountain Trail Naturalization
Wyoming Conservation Corps is one of several organizations partnering with the U.S. Forest Service’s Laramie Ranger District to facilitate a NPLD project in which volunteers will help reroute a popular multi-use trail. Learn more here.


Conservation Legacy

Conservation Legacy is a national nonprofit partner of NPLD. Corpsmembers and interns from several organizations within Conservation Legacy will participate in or facilitate events throughout the country.


Student Conservation Association

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is a national nonprofit partner of NPLD. For the first time ever, they are organizing an “Alumni Engagement Week” around National Public Lands. Current and former SCA members will participate in or facilitate events throughout the country.