Saturday as National Public Lands Day: Here are some volunteer opportunities nearby

More than 100,000 volunteers across the country will assemble Saturday to tidy up natural spaces. A few occasions are planned for Bucks and Burlington Counties, along with different parks in the locale.

Being in natural spaces can help lighten nervousness and depression. It can likewise help improve memory while reducing aggravation and blood pressure. One study presumed that going through just 20 minutes in a green space can lower stress hormone levels, and another found that simply tuning in to the recorded sounds of nature can deliver similar effects.

In any case, while natural spaces can enable people to overcome tough days, environmental advocates are turning the script Saturday as a part of National Public Lands Day. Begun by the charitable National Environmental Education Foundation in 1994, the day fills in as a call for volunteers to help tidy up close by natural spaces.

“Volunteers are absolutely vital to parks across the country,” said Meri-Margaret Deoudes, CEO of the foundation. “National Public Lands Day connects people to nature through service. It is the perfect opportunity to care for our public lands while spending time with family and friends and taking advantage of all the benefits that come from spending time outdoors.”

The NEEF says more than 100,000 volunteers have just enrolled to contribute to cleanup events in 49 states across the country. Here’s a rundown of events for those as yet hoping to contribute at events in their very own backyard.

Marsh cleanup in Lower Bucks

In Lower Bucks District, the nonprofit Heritage Conservancy is holding a cleanup at the Bristol Bog. The freshwater tidal swamp is home to more than 350 types of plants and animals, while additionally giving flood and pollution control to the Bristol area.

The cleanup will keep running from 10 a.m. to early afternoon, with volunteers meeting at the northwest end of the parking area at 350 Bowl Park in Bristol. Volunteers are urged to bring work gloves and must wear durable, close-toed shoes. They additionally can bring water and a trash-picking stick, however, trash packs, plastic gloves, and different tools are accessible.

Those interested in taking part should email Elizabeth Barmach at or call 215-345-7020 ext. 105.

The Heritage Conservancy will likewise be hosting a “River Days” community event at the swamp the next Saturday, Oct. 6. It will incorporate a historic walk, animal education event, and painting workshop.

High Rocks cleanup in Upper Bucks

The High Rocks overlook in Upper Bucks District’s Ralph Stover State Park is a hotspot for neighbourhood climbers, alongside explorers and bikers. What’s more, the park has teamed with the Doylestown Rock Gym to put work volunteers who need to give back by taking an interest in a cleanup of the area Saturday morning.

Volunteers will accumulate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and work on trial upgrades, bridge painting, spray painting expulsion, and different projects. Gloves and hand devices will be accommodated the individuals who don’t bring their own. Volunteers should wear long jeans, close-toed shoes, and bring a lot of water. No climbing or other extraordinary skills are required, and volunteers will get goody bags and a free Shirt, while supplies last.

Online enlistment at is closed, yet those interested can call the gym center at 215-230-9085 or email the recreation center at Volunteers will gather at the High Rocks Overlook Parking Area, 150 Tory Road in Pipersville.

Park cleanup in Delanco

In South Jersey, volunteers will gather at Delanco’s Pennington Park to clean up litter that has made its way into the park. A 140-acre of land bundle supervised by Burlington District, the park supports hiking, biking, and rollerblading on a trail network, as well as additional opportunities for picnicking and leisure.

The park additionally highlights the views on Rancocas Creek and contains wetlands, tidal marshland, and glades.

Volunteers will gather at 801 Rivulet Street in Delanco and work from 9 a.m. to early afternoon. Packs, gloves, and trash grabbers will be given, alongside light refreshments and water supply to refill bottles.

To register, email

Somewhere else in the district, cleanups will occur at iconic areas like Valley Forge National Historical Park, Wissahickon Valley Park in northwest Philadelphia, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in South Philadelphia, and the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park close to Princeton.

A map of volunteering opportunities is available on the NEEF’s website

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