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Hundreds of Volunteers Expected in Atlanta for National Public Lands Day, September 24
Hundreds of Volunteers Expected in Atlanta for National Public Lands Day, September 24

Atlanta – On Saturday, September 24, more than 180,000 volunteers, including more than 300 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site (MLK Jr., NHS), are expected to visit their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves or forests and chip in to help improve these treasured places. They’ll be taking part in National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States.

Atlanta’s Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) and Park Pride are partnering with NPLD to host a signature NPLD event at MLK Jr., NHS in Atlanta, GA. This service event celebrates volunteerism and the importance of recreation and public lands to community health.

Volunteer activities will include various projects focused on the restoration of historic houses adjacent to Martin Luther King Jr.’s first home. Volunteers will weed, paint and mulch at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. Park Pride is also hosting a volunteer event at Freedom Park in Atlanta.

As part of the celebration of health and recreation on public lands, NPLD is supporting the First Lady's Let’s Move Outside initiative. Let's Move Outside engages families and youth to get outside and be active through hands-on fun activities.

In addition to the family-friendly volunteer event on Saturday, the Greening Youth Foundation will host a Youth Campout for 30 students on Friday night at MLK Jr., NHS. The campout, which is by invitation only, will feature speakers from REI, the Greening Youth Foundation and the community, as well as activities, music, games and food.

WHAT:          

National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event

WHO:            

Kwanza Hall, Atlanta City Councilmember (District 2)  

Judy Forte, Superintendent, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

George Dusenbury, Commissioner of Atlanta Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs

Kenneth Strassner, Treasurer, NEEF Board of Directors, Strassner Consulting

WHEN:          

Saturday, September 24, 2011, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

- Opening Ceremony with speakers, 9 a.m. 

- Restoration and clean-up activities, 9:30 a.m.

- Closing Remarks and a Let’s Move! activity, 1p.m.

WHERE:        

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

450 Auburn Ave, NE Atlanta, Ga. 30312