On Saturday, Sept. 28, volunteers of all ages are invited to gather at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (PWLC), Fergus Falls, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. to participate in hands-on projects to improve prairie habitat.

Work projects may include:

• Planting greenhouse native plants in the rain garden.

• Cleaning plant pots and the greenhouse.

• Removing invasive species: cottonwood, willow, box elder.

• Hand-collecting native seeds that are ripe.

All materials and training are provided, including gloves, loppers, shovels, bags, etc. Please call 218-

998-4480 to sign up.

Teresa Jaskiewicz, environmental educator at the PWLC, enthusiastically endorses joining other volunteers at the Prairie Wetlands for this event. “Public Lands Day is a perfect opportunity to give back to the community or to pay it forward,” she encouraged. “Everyone is welcome: your family, friends, college students, faith families, civic groups, or co-workers to spend the morning outdoors together.”

In 2019, over 113,000 volunteers worked over 452,000 hours at over 1,100 sites across the nation, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories for National Public Lands Day (NPLD) to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise and just plain enjoyment. They removed over 539,000 pounds of invasive plants, collected over 198,000 pounds of trash, restored almost 138,000 acres of public lands, planted over 12,000 trees and flowers, built or maintained 637 public facilities, and maintained 683 miles of trails and rivers.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Eight federal agency partners, hundreds of state and local partners, dozens of nonprofit organizations, and corporate partners join together to provide this community-building opportunity. To encourage people to join in and visit their public lands, NPLD is a fee-free day for all federal public lands and many state parks.

Participating in this 26th annual NPLD is a great way to get the recommended 60 minutes of daily activity, while you lend a hand for public lands, ensuring they continue to be beautiful places for all to enjoy. For more information, visit neefusa.org/public-lands-day.

For more information, call 218-998-4480, visit fws.gov/refuge/fergus_falls_wmd or find the PWLC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PrairieWetlands.


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