Here’s How You Can Celebrate National Public Lands Day
The Hudson Valley is home to several National Parks. There are 22 National Parks in total in New York.
National Public Lands Day falls either this Saturday, September 22nd according to USA Today, or Saturday September 29th according to a quick Google search.
Either way National Public Lands Day encourages Americans to visit National Parks all across the country. Luckily for us we have several we can take advantage of.
The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park is offering free visits and tours of the land this Saturday, September 22nd. Tours of FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill and the Vanderbilt Mansion will be free according to their Facebook page.
Sam's Point Reserve at Minnewaska State Park will be celebrating National Public Lands Day on September 29th with a volunteer event. Volunteers will be removing invasive plants along the trails. The New York State Parks website stresses the importance of removing the plants saying "Removal of these species is a very important step in protecting the globally rare ecosystem found here."
All volunteers will receive a free pass with access to public lands and National Parks.