Lamar Valley in Yellowstone NP looking magnificent.

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day will be here this Saturday, September 22. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and general health.

To celebrate, both area national parks are cooking up something fun. Entrance fees will be waived at both parks, of course, but that’s just the beginning.

Grand Teton

Volunteer to help out your own national park in Grand Teton this Saturday. (NPS)

At Grand Teton National Park, volunteers are invited to join park staff to work on the Taggart Lake trail from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, September 22. Work will include construction of buck and rail fencing and trail de-compaction and maintenance with light to moderate physical activity. All ages and skill levels are encouraged.

Volunteers will need to bring water for the day, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, sturdy and comfortable hiking shoes, and clothing to match the weather. Those interested in volunteering should register by contacting Angela Timby at 307-739-3379 or angela_timby@nps.gov in order for tools and vehicles to be coordinated.

Work gloves, tools, and safety equipment will be provided and all volunteers will receive a voucher that can be used for a one-time entry into any public land site that charges an entrance fee. Participants should meet at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 9:45am.

Yellowstone

Hawk Watch in Yellowstone

Celebrate the spectacle of raptor migration on Saturday in Yellowstone National Park’s Hayden Valley. Two programs will provide opportunities to learn about raptors and the role they play in Yellowstone and beyond:

  • 9am – Presentation on raptor ecology and identification in the lobby of the Lake Lodge.
  • 11am to 2pm – Join park rangers to observe raptors at a road pullout located in Hayden Valley nine miles north of Fishing Bridge Junction and 6.6 miles south of Canyon Junction. Look for signs, spotting scopes, and uniformed rangers at the program location.

People should bring their own binoculars, water, snacks, and a lawn chair for comfortable viewing.

Both programs are free to attend. For more information, please call Katy Duffy at 307-699-2696.