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Special Events-help you experience the great outdoors

National Public Lands Day

The theme for this year is Take It Outside! We hope you can join us for a morning taking care of public lands!

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:30am - 12:30pm
     Registration: 8:30am
     Outdoor Projects: 9am - 12:30pm
     Pizza lunch for all volunteers: 12:30pm

Then plan to join us in the afternoon of our Annual Open House (1:30-4:30).

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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.

In 2013, 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.

The Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center provided a pizza luncheon for all the hard working volunteers after the work was finished and REI, Great Harvest Bread Company, Alaska Mill & Feed, Eagle River Nature Center, and Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria provided door prizes.

A group of Girl Scouts pauses for a picture after finishing their planting project.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. We appreciated ADF&G, Geocache Alaska, Carpe Discus, REI, Best Beginnings, and the Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department for coming to run stations or provide materials for them!