Carlsbad CA— The City of Carlsbad will celebrate National Public Lands Day with a volunteer trail clean up at Kelly Trail in Agua Hedionda Reserve on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Volunteer work will include clearing the trail of overgrown brush as well as trail surface improvements, litter pick up and other trail work. City staff will be on hand to assist with the volunteer event.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort aimed at educating the public about the environment and natural resources to improve public lands for outdoor recreation. Every September, the city welcomes the opportunity to join with other communities nationwide in a special day of volunteer activities focused on improving public lands throughout the country, says Liz Ketabian, City of Carlsbad park planning and trails manager.
National Public Lands Day is sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation, which was chartered by Congress in 1990 to advance environmental knowledge. The national volunteer day began in 1994 with just three sites and 700 volunteers, and last year approximately 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,206 sites in every state.
In Carlsbad, hundreds of volunteers have participated in city sponsored events for National Public Lands Day as well as National Trails Day, Arbor Day and other activities that support stewardship for the environment and healthy outdoor activities.
Registration for the Sept. 26 event is not required. The city will provide tools, water and light snacks and requests that volunteers bring gloves and wear long pants, hats, sunscreen and closed-toe shoes.
Directions to National Public Lands Day trail event at Kelly Trail
- From 1-5, exit Tamarack Avenue and head east to El Camino Real
- Turn right on El Camino Real and head south
- Turn right on Kelly Drive and go straight to the end of street
- Parking is available along the street at the Laguna Riviera Park
- Meet at trailhead at Kelly Drive and Park Drive
- Volunteers need to check in and a short training session will take place