Took part in Coastal Cleanup Day last week? Make outdoorsy volunteerism a weekly activity by taking part in the National Public Lands Day too! Happening this Saturday, Sept. 26, National Public Lands Day invites all to help "improve and preserve America’s treasured public spaces."

This year's event features four "signature sites": The Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, and The National Mall in Washington, D.C. But many more smaller sites will also bring volunteers to pick up trash, prune trees, pull weeds, restore natural habitats, and generally beautify our public lands. Just search by zip code for an event near you on the National Public Lands Day website.

A project of the National Environmental Education Foundation, the National Public Lands Day will also mean free entrance for all to all 391 National Parks -- an extra sweet benefit for Californians, whose state parks have recently hiked their fees.

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