SITKA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK – On Saturday, Sept. 27, tens of thousands of volunteers will visit their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves, or forests and chip in to help improve these treasured places. They will be taking part in the 21st annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in our country. This event brings together thousands of volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise and just plain enjoyment.
Join volunteers and staff at Sitka National Historical Park as we celebrate this annual event in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy and Turning the Tides as a way to contribute to the International Coastal Cleanup Day. Together we will use our hands to clean up our park and nearby beaches while keeping an eye out for interesting or unusual coastal debris. Bring some water, a friend, and a willingness to give back to your community.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- Park Cleanup, 1-2:30 p.m. — Meet at the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center at 1 p.m. for some light refreshments. We will meet with Ashley Bolwerk from the Sitka Sound Science Center who will give a short introduction about the importance of cleaning up beaches followed by a joint effort to clean up trash in the park. There will be awards for all volunteers and a Golden Ticket Hunt for youth participants. Trash bags, safety vests, and protective gloves will be provided.
- Park Prescriptions Prize Drawing, 2:30 p.m. — The Sitka Community Hospital Foundation will sponsor a quarterly drawing for a $100 cash prize for qualified Park Prescriptions participants. Information about how to sign up for this healthy initiative will also be available.
- Photo Contest Awards — The winners of the park’s annual photo contest will be announced during the National Public Lands Day event. All photos will be on display in the Visitor Center lobby through Alaska Day on Saturday, Oct. 18.
To learn more about this nationwide celebration, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more about the Sitka National Historical Park at http://www.nps.gov/sitk or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SitkaNationalHistoricalPark.