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Your State Parks Day 2015

September 25, 2015
A waterfall surrounded by lush greenery.

On September 26, fans of Georgia’s State Parks have a chance to give back to their favorite places while also saving money. In celebration of both Your State Parks Day and National Public Lands Day, dozens of state parks and historic sites are inviting citizens to volunteer for service projects. In return for their hard work, the Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites will pay parking and admission fees for all volunteers.

All across Georgia, outdoor enthusiasts can help with river cleanups and trail maintenance. Most sites will be creating butterfly gardens as part of the nationwide effort to increase Monarch populations. Volunteers will go home with tips on how to create pollinator habitats in their own yards. Many other events are planned as well, such as fishing rodeos, bird walks, and full-moon paddles.

Andy Fleming, the director of Friends, said that the annual Your State Parks Day highlights how parks enrich communities while emphasizing the importance of local volunteerism. “Each year, Friends works with more than 6,000 volunteers to implement educational and conservation efforts that make Georgia’s state parks and historic sites more enjoyable for visitors,” said Flemming.  “We encourage all Georgians to take a few hours to give back to these special locations.”

So grab your gardening gloves and shovels, and come join other volunteers during Your State Parks Day. You can find the list of service projects and family friendly events posted on the Georgia State Parks Events page. Learn more about this annual celebration at the Friends of Georgia State Parks website or by calling 1-888-948-2092.

About the Author

Kim Hatcher is the Public Affairs Coordinator for Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites.  She has worked for the Department of Natural Resources for 20 years and enjoys sharing the great outdoors with others.

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