Through Their Eyes: First-time Volunteers

Campbell Tract’s National Public Lands Day

Here is a glimpse from first-time volunteers at the Sept. 24 National Public Lands Day celebration, cosponsored by the BLM Anchorage Field Office and the Municipality of Anchorage, on BLM’s Campbell Tract.

In the morning, about 150 volunteers of all ages completed outdoor projects. In the afternoon, about 300 people attended the Campbell Creek Science Center’s annual open house and gold
panned, disc golfed, climbed a rock wall, joined REI’s bike winterizing class, tied knots, hunted on a scavenger hunt, played games, ran, listened to bluegrass-swing-jazz band Slapdash, or wrote their outside activities on a flag and inserted where they did them on a foam-core map of Anchorage.

Photos by Vanessa Rathbun.

Volunteers and BLM staff install new post near Campbell Tract Airstrip.

 

 

 "In January, I joined the Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center Board. I like the kids working on projects, because when they grow up they’ll bring their kids to help out on National Public Lands Day."

~Megan

 

 

 

 

 

 

"My user group, the Anchorage Equestrians, is out here on Campbell Tract regularly. I volunteered today to help maintain and preserve the trails for all the user groups." 

~ Karen

 

 

 

 

 

"My daughters and I are out doing our part today, since we come here often to use the trails. We volunteered by clearing vegetation around the Campbell Airstrip Trailhead parking lot." 

~Angie

 

 

 

 

 

"My favorite part was trimming the plants in the butterfly garden!" 

~Josephine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"We came out to beautify public lands and give the girls a chance to do outdoor work and community service." 

~ Girl Scout Troop #930