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Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

Caption: Volunteers removing a fallen tree on the Tusten Mountain Trail during the 2015 National Public Lands Day.

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River invites you to participate in a national day of community service on September 24

BEACH LAKE, PA – On Saturday September 24, Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River will celebrate National Public Lands Day. National Public Lands Day is a nationally celebrated event that strives to get people out into our nation’s beautiful publicly owned lands, including national and state parks. To celebrate this event, Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River will be hosting a park-wide volunteer event, which will focus on maintaining the park’s treasured natural and historical resources.

Park rangers and volunteers will be working on expanding our existing pollinator garden, clearing vegetation from a river access, and a river clean up from Lackawaxen, PA to the Corwin Farm Ranger Station, Pond Eddy, NY. Want to get involved? You’re in luck! We are seeking volunteers for these projects. If you are looking for a fun way to help out your community, look no further!

River clean ups are a great way to get out on the river, while helping keep the Delaware River beautiful and clean. The National Park Service will provide equipment, including lifejackets, canoes, and paddles. Volunteers should bring appropriate gear, such as a change of clothes, closed toe shoes, a hat, sunscreen, plenty of water, and a bagged lunch. It is important to note that volunteers should plan to get wet, and should be comfortable around moving water. The event will begin at 9:00am at the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen, PA. The address of the museum is 135 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen, PA 18435.

If you would like to volunteer, but prefer to stay on dry land, you may want to help with the expansion of our pollinator garden. Join National Park Service biologists at the Milanville Office, 1152 River Road, Milanville, PA on Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 to 12 for a pollinator garden expansion. Volunteers initiated a pollinator garden for National Public Lands Day in 2015, and after a year of monitoring pollinator visitation to the garden, the garden will be expanded to continue providing pesticide/herbicide free resources for the vital pollinator species found in the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River corridor.

If you don’t want to go on the water but still want to help out join volunteers to clear limbs and brush from the Tusten Mountain Trail. What a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the scenic views from the top of the trail while making a difference for future hikers. All tools and safety equipment will be provided and all you will need to bring is sturdy shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, insect repellant, hat, and a bagged lunch. Join the park ranger on Saturday at the Ten Mile River Access at 9:30am and plan on working till 1:30pm.

The Park Service relies on volunteers achieve its goal of stewardship, and appreciates the hard work and commitment of volunteers who have helped to keep the Delaware River clean and beautiful. We look forward to seeing you at our National Public Lands Day Celebration!

For more information call (570) 685-4871 ext. 6610, visit our website at Don’t forget to like us on Instagram and follow us on Facebook at

Release date: September 16, 2016
Contact(s): Ingrid Peterec, Chief of Interpretation; (570) 685-4871


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