Regional Parks is recognizing and celebrating National Public Lands Day by offering free day-use entry into the American River Parkway, Gibson Ranch and the Sacramento River/Delta sites operated by Sacramento County Regional Parks on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023.
National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for America's public lands, bringing hundreds of thousands of volunteers together annually on the fourth Saturday in September to help restore, improve and enjoy public lands around the country. It started in 1994 with one federal agency, two public land sites and 700 volunteers and has since grown into the national event that it is today.
“Public Lands Day is so important because it fosters kinship and community by bringing together volunteers of all ages and abilities to work towards a common goal, and by offering a fee-free day, we bring new and diverse participants to our public lands," said Liz Bellas, Director of Regional Parks. “This removes financial barriers to access and creates opportunities to connect through shared experiences in nature, ultimately strengthening our sense of community and appreciation for our public lands."
In addition to offering free day-use entry, Regional Parks is helping to promote the following local volunteer events:
- Cosumnes River Preserve Volunteer Day
- Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- 13501 Franklin Blvd., Galt, CA 95632
- Build nest boxes for swallows
- Install wood duck boxes
- Remove invasive aquatic species