National Public Lands Day
National Public Lands Day gives people all across the country the opportunity to put their hands to work on projects to benefit public lands. Participants also learn about natural resource management and the need for shared stewardship of these lands.
On September 26, 2015 more than 115 volunteers showed up to help with work projects on the BLM Campbell Tract. Volunteers helped the BLM spread more than a ton of gravel on a section of Old Rondy Trail; plant a variety of native plants to reduce streambank erosion, remove social trails, and create wildlife habitat; rehabilitate the area around an activity field; and more to keep the trails and fields looking great. Volunteers also helped with a variety of gardening and landscape projects around the Science Center building. Thanks to Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center for providing a pizza lunch for our hard-working volunteers! And thanks to Alaska Railroad Corporation, Alaska SeaLife Center, Alpine Creek Lodge, Eagle River Nature Center, Moose's Tooth/Bear Tooth, REI, and Skinny Raven for donating door prizes to reward our volunteers.
In the afternoon, visitors to our Open House visited a variety of outdoor activity stations with the "Public Lands are great places to Play, Learn, Serve, and Work" theme, including disc golf, orienteering, tree identification, fat tire biking, birch tree art, and Alaskan animals. They also enjoyed live music by Salmoneye and the AS Band. Many thanks to Trailside Discovery Camp, the Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department, and Carpe Discus for coming to run stations or providing equipment for them!