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National Public Lands Day event Sept. 22 at Celery Fields

Sarasota County Commissioners proclaimed Sept. 22, 2018 as National Public Lands Day

SARASOTA COUNTY - Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources (PRNR) will host a volunteer event at the Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in honor of National Public Lands Day.

The event will pair PRNR staff with volunteers from across the county to improve the park by weeding, pruning, removing invasive species, litter and more.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring hand pruners, work gloves, hat, sunglasses, water, bug spray and sunscreen. Volunteers should also wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes such as hiking boots or sneakers.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America's public lands.

Each year, nearly 200,000 participants volunteer at over 2,500 sites, coming together to accomplish the mission of caring for public lands. It is estimated these annual efforts generate more than $18 million worth of improvements to public lands.

Sarasota County has thousands of acres of land available to the public for hiking, exploration, passive recreation and other activities. These lands are also home to hundreds of protected and endangered species of animals and plants.

The Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility is located at 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota.

For more information or to register as a volunteer, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.