Parks’ Picks

National Public Lands Day was established in 1994, and the day celebrates people and green spaces and encourages volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country. This year, it falls on Saturday, September 25. Here are our Parks’ Picks for opportunities to do service projects in the parks, as well as a few other fun ways to explore nature in our parks this weekend!

National Public Lands Day

Come to Black Hill Visitor Center and show your park love by participating in a variety of service projects on Saturday, September 25, from 9 am to 12 pm. All participants must register in advance. Participants should be dressed for the weather and bring snacks and water.

Wooded area overlooking lake at Black Hill Regional Park.

Park Cleanups

Join Montgomery Parks and other community organizations to help remove trash and non-native plants from parkland throughout the county in recognition of National Public Lands Day. All participants must register in advance.

Weed Warrior workdays will be held at Sligo Creek Park – SVU 4, Sligo Creek Park – SVU 1A and Wyngate Woods Neighborhood Park on Saturday, September 25, and at Cabin John Regional Park on Sunday, September 26.

Adult female picking up trash from parkland.

Migratory Bird Watch

Join us on the back deck of Locust Grove Nature Center on Friday, September 24, as we watch birds that are passing through on their long migrations south. This program is great for beginner birdwatchers! A naturalist can answer your questions about birds and help you practice using binoculars. Sign up for a 30-minute session between 4 and 6 pm.

Adult male and teenage girl looking up in the sky and identifying birds.

Turtle Talk

Come visit our outdoor box turtle enclosure at Brookside Nature Center and learn about the natural history and conservation challenges of these iconic reptiles from our Turtle Talk volunteers on Saturday, September 25, from 2:30 to 3 pm. Enjoy seeing our resident turtles explore the great outdoors!

Close-up of turtle on the ground with green leaves and plants.

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Last Updated: September 23, 2021