Jonathan Wickert, Chief of Programming, 302-739-9184; or Caroline Foltz, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9185, Caroline.Foltz@state.de.us
Delaware State Parks to join thousands around the U.S. to celebrate National Public Lands Day
DOVER (Sept. 12, 2014) – To support public lands and getting active outside, Delaware State Parks will host environmental education programs and recreational opportunities on Sept. 27, in five parks throughout the state. The event is part of National Public Lands Day (NPLD). More than 175,000 people around the nation will volunteer or participate in various programs to beautify the land, improve their fitness and enjoy the outdoors.
These participants will be a part of a coast-to-coast effort at more than 2,200 sites in all 50 states, as well as in Guam, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., to improve and learn about the public lands they enjoy every day. One-third of America's land is in public hands; NPLD offers everyone an opportunity to help maintain and learn about them.
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year, 175,000 volunteers worked in more than 2,200 locations and in every state. National Public Lands Day is coordinated by The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), the nation’s leading organization in lifelong environmental learning.
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. is the national sponsor for NPLD, providing support and thousands of employee volunteers. For 16 years, NEEF and Toyota have worked together to ensure that Americans can enjoy their public lands, from local pocket parks and schoolyards, to magnificent destination parks throughout the country.
Delaware boasts more than 145,000 acres of public lands and in 2013, was able to provide educational and recreational opportunities through the commitment of 5,023 volunteers who donated in excess of 110,000 hours to support this mission.
In order to express appreciation to everyone who has helped keep public lands accessible and enjoyable for people across the country, Delaware State Parks will offer recreational and educational programs on Sept. 27, giving people of all ages the chance to learn about the public lands around them. These programs will be offered at:
Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington
Fall Color and Tree I.D Hike
Meets at the Nature Center at 10 a.m.
Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes
NPLD Hike September
Delaware Seashore State Park in Rehoboth
Beach Driving and Intro to Surf Fishing
9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Trap Pond State Park in Laurel
Park History Pontoon Boat Tour
White Clay Creek State Park in Newark
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Delaware State Parks invites the public to celebrate National Public Lands Day by enjoying all that the state parks have to offer.
More information about the programs offered in Delaware State Parks is available from the offering park or at destateparks.com/PublicLandsDay.
Vol. 44, No. 310