Visit your favorite state park in your state on the first Saturday in June to take part in a volunteer stewardship event and help improve the environment.
Events for the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day are taking place at state parks across the country on Saturday, June 6. Visit your state park website or check with park rangers at your favorite state park to find an event close to home.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Clean the Bay Day is also on June 6, with volunteer opportunities available at many East Coast state parks.
In addition to group trail hikes, here are some opportunities to clean trails, clear waterways and make your state parks more enjoyable for all.
In Maryland, volunteers will join will join in the nationwide mission to save the monarch butterfly by planting milkweed at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
“Milkweed is the monarch’s disappearing habitat. Without it, the monarch cannot survive.” Explains Dr. Gregory Miller, American Hiking Society President. “National Trails Day allows us to get outside and help make an impact on the environment and to the monarch butterfly population.”
The milkweed planting project at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary offers hikers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to give back. In addition to planting milkweed, volunteers will set out to remove invasive plants that are choking the landscape.
The National Trails Day event begins with registration at 9 a.m. Invasive Removal and Milkweed Planting Stewardship Projects begin at 10 a.m.
There will also be one and three mile guided hikes that will take participants through woodlands, past marshes, and along the winding shore of the Patuxent River, a designated Maryland Scenic River. Bikers will enjoy a five mile ride through the Sanctuary, home to hummingbirds, finches, purple martins, and other songbirds.
Many Virginia State Parks offer stewardship projects for National Trails Day and Clean the Bay Day too. Events starting at 9 a.m. include:
- Shoreline Clean-Up at Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster
- Clean the Bay Day and National Trails Day at Caledon State Park in King George
- Beach Clean-Up at Chippokes Plantation State Park in Surry
- Shoreline Clean-Up at Douthat State Park in Millboro
- Clean the Bay Day and National Trails Day at False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach
- Clean the Bay Day and National Trails Day at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach
- Clean the Bay Day at Holliday Lake State Park in Appomattox
- Clean the Bay Day and National Trails Day at Kiptopeke State Park in Cape Charles
- Clean the Bay Day at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield
- Clean the Bay Day at Powhatan State Park in Powhatan
- Clean the Bay Day and Roadside Cleanup at Twin Lakes State Park in Green Bay
There are additional National Trails Day and Clean the Bay Day events at various times throughout the day on June 6. Check with a park ranger for more details.
National Trails Day events will take place in all 50 states. Check the National Trail Days event calendar to find hikes and volunteer opportunities close to home.
Participating in volunteer opportunities as a family is a great way to give back to your community and teach your children about stewardship of our environment.