C&NN’s (Children and Nature Network) Natural Service Network is joining forces with National Public Lands Day (NPLD) to encourage everyone – young and old – to get outside and volunteer. Public Lands belong to all of us – consider what you can do to improve the park down the street, the school in your neighborhood or any public green space in your community. Volunteer on National Public Lands Day: September 24th, 2011, or any day in September. Startling studies have shown that kids that don’t get outside are subject to shorter lifespans.
NPLD offers teachers, parents and community leaders a great opportunity to plan a service day or kick-off to a long-term community service project. NPLD is the nation’s largest one-day volunteer event for public lands. This year, it occurs on Saturday, September 24th. During NPLD, volunteers typically clean up trash and debris, remove invasive species, restore historic sites and trails, plant native trees, and build bird and bat boxes. In 2010, over 170,000 volunteers contributed over $15 million in improvements to public lands in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
Along with being an important day of service, NPLD also provides multiple resources to support volunteer activities in September and all year long. Visit the NPLD website: www.publiclandsday.org.
PLAN to PARTICIPATE
Planning a September event? [>] Register here.
Looking for and event in September? [>] Find one here.
[+] Take the NSN Organizer’s Survey
After your event, fill out the NSN Survey and be entered in a random drawing for cool stuff including a $100 gift card from REI, a backpack from The North Face and a Junior Ranger children’s backpack.
Winners will be announced on October 10 on C&NN Connect.
[+] Download the NSN Tool Kit
CNN wants you to get outside and take the kids:
- inspire, cultivate and nourish a life-long commitment to nature-based play and recreation in people of all ages, especially children and youth
- physically enhance, maintain and restore natural areas
- bring high visibility to nature-based inter-generational service projects