City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department

2020 National Public Lands Day (NPLD)

September 26th, 2020
Various Locations

What: National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September nationwide to assist with various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways, and more. National Public Lands Day Polk County is hosted by the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, Polk County Conservation, and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. We invite the public to join us along Fourmile Creek, Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, or Snyder Farm to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Together, we will celebrate by improving our trails and waterways, assisting with land restoration, and building community by removing litter from our green spaces or collecting prairie seed by hand. Come celebrate National Public Lands Day with us!

Although this event will be slightly different this year, we know many volunteers are eager to get outside and give back to their community. America’s public lands aren’t the only ones that benefit from National Public Lands Day. Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to mental and physical well-being. Spending time in the outdoors has been found to improve short-term memory, concentration, and creativity—while reducing the effects of stress and anxiety. Volunteering on NPLD is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends (from a safe distance, if not in the same household) and enjoy the many benefits that come from connecting with nature.

COVID-19 Protocols: This year the event will have several work locations to choose from, and each work area will be limited to 10 volunteers. You will be asked to wear a face mask when receiving instructions, but you do not need to wear a mask while working. Please social distance whenever possible. We recommend wearing long pants and closed-toe shoes, and please bring your own reusable water bottle.

After Party: There will be a small, socially distanced after party following the workday from 4:30-7:00 pm at the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt longhouse (8700 NE 126th Ave, Maxwell, IA 50161; GPS Coordinates: 41.791668°, -93.430841°). There will be free burgers and dessert, music by Jake Schrodt, and complimentary wine tasting from "The Cellar at White Oak" for all volunteers, but you are also welcome to BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage - alcohol is allowed on-site). ID's are required if consuming alcohol.

Registration is required. Deadline is September 23.

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