Thank You to All the Volunteers Who Helped Out on Saturday, September 28th!
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. This year was the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day.
More than 130 volunteers showed up to help with work projects on the BLM Campbell Tract. Volunteers accomplished a great deal of backlog maintenance projects, including spreading 60 tons of gravel along the Airstrip Trail; planting more than 250 spruce trees, alder, willow, and prickly rose at points along Campbell Creek to reduce streambank erosion and social trailing; installing two park benches at the Campbell Airstrip Trailhead; installing a large french drain in the entrance to the amphitheater to eliminate drainage problems; replacing rotten fence posts; painting parking bollards; installing an interpretive sign; picking up litter along Elmore Road; and completing a variety of gardening and landscape projects around the Science Center building.
Thanks to the Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center for providing a pizza luncheon for all the hard working volunteers and to REI, Great Harvest Bread Company, Alaska Mill & Feed, Eagle River Nature Center, and Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria for providing door prizes.
In the afternoon, visitors to our Open House visited a variety of outdoor activity stations with the "Let's Move Outside" theme, including archery, slacklining, disc golf, geocaching, birding, outdoor survival, and winter biking. Thanks to ADF&G, Geocache Alaska, Carpe Discus, REI, Best Beginnings, and the Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department who came and ran stations or provided materials for them!