On Saturday, September 27, volunteers around the nation, including those at Carlyle Lake, Lake Shelbyville (September 21), Mark Twain Lake, Rend Lake, Riverlands and Wappapello Lake will visit their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves, or forests and chip in to help improve these treasured places – and to celebrate National Public Lands Day, the largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in our country.
National Public Lands Day is a celebration of the work, play and learning that takes place on Public Lands Every Day. NPLD brings together thousands of volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise and just plain enjoyment.
St. Louis District National Public Lands Day Events
- Sept 26, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Trail Maintenance, with specific projects including invasive vegetation removal, mulching and the placement of interpretive signs. The Chipmunk Nature Trail is a very popular half mile trail surrounded by many species of trees and excellent views of Carlyle Lake.
- Sept 27, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.: The Carlyle Lake's B3 2K-FunRun, 5K and Half Marathons is primarily a flat race course that travels through areas filled with historical landmarks and various habitats ranging from lake, forested, agricultural fields, restored prairie, and wetland restoration areas. The surfaces of the trail are a combination of asphalt, concrete, and crushed rock. Over seven miles of the multi-use trail travels over earthen levees giving users a unique elevated view of the scenic landscape. Register online at Active.com or the day of the event 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
- Sept 21, 8 a.m. - Noon: SCA trail work day: Interested volunteers should meet at the General Dacey Trailhead in Forest Park, Shelbyville, IL.
Mark Twain Lake
- Sept 27, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Several projects will be conducted that day, including:- Installation of camp site amenities in three new equestrian camp sites- Development of a water landscape feature at Frank Russell Pond- Landscape improvements at the Frank Russell Pond Shelter house- Installation of directional signs on the Joanna Trail
- Sept 27, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Pick up litter from roadways and shoreline.
- Sept 27, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Roadside cleanup along designated areas, trail maintenance and add a spur to an existing trails.
- Sept 27, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Plant approximately 1,000 trees and wetland plants at three work sites. A shoreline clean is also planned. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers will leave for work sites (Riverlands, Jones Confluence State Park and USFWS Cora Island) Work parties will return to Riverlands at noon for lunch. Stay for a hike and paddle events, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
More information can be found at publiclandsday.org.