Celebrate National Public Lands Day with hike, volunteer projects

Lake Calavera trail cleanup

The City of Carlsbad will celebrate National Public Lands Day with a nature hike and volunteer projects to improve trails at Lake Calavera on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Created 20 years ago, this event 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.

Volunteers will assist in planting approximately 300 native plants in a one-acre restoration site and help with other trail work.  City staff will be on hand to assist with the activities and to provide information on trail maintenance and restoration.  Those who attend will also learn about the boardwalk trails being built this winter and can hike any of the six miles of trails within the preserve.   

“Every day is a good day to celebrate the extensive 46 miles of trails available to the Carlsbad community,” says Liz Ketabian, City of Carlsbad park planning manager.  “But once a year in September, the city welcomes the opportunity to join with other communities nationwide in a special day of volunteer activities focused on appreciating public lands throughout the country.”

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.

Here in Carlsbad, hundreds of volunteers have participated in city led events for National Public Lands Day as well National Trails Day, Arbor Day and other opportunities to show support for the environment and outdoor activities.

Registration for the Sept. 28 event is not required. Volunteers should check in at the dam on the west end of the lake.  The city will provide tools, water and light snacks and requests that volunteers bring gloves and wear long pants, hats, sunscreen and close toed shoes.

The event can be tracked on social media, using the hash tag #NPLD20 on Vine and Twitter.


Click here to view event flyer.

Directions to National Public Lands Day trail event at Lake Calavera:

  • Exit I-5 on Carlsbad Village Drive
  • Head east on Carlsbad Village Drive until it ends at College Boulevard
  • Turn left on College Boulevard and then right on Tamarack Avenue
  • Parking is available at Calavera Hills Elementary & Middle School at 4100 Tamarack Ave.

For more information, visit www.carlsbadca.gov/trails and www.publiclandsday.org

For more information

Liz Ketabian, 760-434-2978, liz.ketabian@carlsbadca.gov

City media contact
Kristina Ray, 760-434-2957, kristina.ray@carlsbadca.gov

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