Saturday is National Public Lands Day, and it’s being observed with 26 events around Illinois. The day, now in its 21st year, is intended to improve public lands and teach people about their importance. These locations include city and state parks, forest preserves, lakes, rivers and trails. Activities include planting trees, picking up litter, and clearing brush from trails.
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“It’s also another opportunity for people who don’t know those public lands that sometimes could be right down the street from them to find this event in their communities and learn all about these wonderful resources that they have in their own back yards,” says Rob Hampton, director of the Public Lands Program for the National Environmental Education Foundation.