Volunteer event planned for National Public Lands Day
Aficionados of the Hill Country who want to help conserve and protect its beautiful natural resources are invited to participate in National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 28. This volunteer service event will be held at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm in Kendall County in partnership with San Antonio REI.
The nonprofit Cibolo Nature Center & Farm protects 162 acres of natural lands along Cibolo Creek in Boerne, providing nature-education programs for children and adults and maintaining a nature preserve with trails through four native habitats that is open to the public. The CNC is located at 140 City Park Road in Boerne.
Volunteers of all ages will assist with mulching, trail maintenance and a cleanup of Cibolo Creek during the free event, which will take place from 8 am to noon. REI, an outdoor outfitter and ongoing supporter of the CNC, will provide breakfast and snacks, coffee and water, T-shirts, water bottles and other giveaways for participants.
Volunteers are asked to sign up online to participate at www.rei.com/stores/san-antonio and they should bring sunscreen, insect repellent, hat and gloves, and wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Also needed are brush rakes, leaf rakes, hand clippers, loppers, pitchforks, shovels, sledgehammers and trowels.
Local participants will join thousands of other volunteers across the nation who will celebrate National Public Lands Day by showing our public lands some loving care. This is the 20th anniversary of the volunteer service day, typically held the last Saturday in September.
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers and soon became a popular annual tradition. In 2012, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,206 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many US territories. Seven federal agencies, along with nonprofit organizations and state, regional and local governments, participate in the annual day of caring for public lands. Learn more at www.publiclandsday.org.
The Cibolo Nature Center & Farm is located at Boerne City Park off Highway 46, just west of the Kendall County Fairgrounds. For more information, call 830-249-4616 or visit www.cibolo.org.