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National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day and Cider Festival - Volunteer Opportunity

National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort to benefit public lands, will be held on Saturday, September 27, from 9:00am until 12:00 noon.

PenMet Parks will conduct work parties at McCormick Forest and the Rotary Bark Park Trails, as well as Sehmel Homestead Park. Visit or call 858-3400x6 for details.

Wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves and brush trimming tools.

National Public Lands Day is an opportunity to support public lands, get some of that exercise we all need, and embrace the spirit of one of the community’s finest volunteers, Vernon Young. 

Vernon Young (1935-2014) was a leader and a generous, unwavering dedicated volunteer, whose footprints will forever reside in our community’s parks. Vern sincerely believed in ‘leaving things better than you found them’. The Volunteer Vern Pavilion at Sehmel Homestead Park was dedicated to honor Vern’s accomplishments as a conservationist and volunteer in the community.

Through EnviroCorps, Vernon helped people find volunteer opportunities on public lands, fostered productive exercise, expanded the Adopt-A-Road program in the community to provide roadside litter pickup, and established the Sponsor-A-Trail program to support the maintenance of our parks trail system.

In the spirit of National Public Lands Day and Volunteer Vern, we invite you to volunteer, and connect with nature and your community. Volunteering inspires others to get involved, and you can link up with like-minded individuals to work on future projects. All National Public Lands Day Volunteers will receive discounted entrance to the Cider Swig, and be invited to the end of the year volunteer appreciation party hosted by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation.

When I think of community volunteer days like National Public Lands Day, I think of Vernon’s words: “I appreciate your thanks, but I could really use your help.”

Following NPLD activities will be the Cider Swig, the Greater Peninsula Cider Festival (12-5pm) with additional volunteer opportunities at or call 858-3400x6. Tickets to the festival can be purchased online at, through the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, or visit Harbor WildWatch at Skansie Park, Downtown..

Please contact PenMet Parks at 253-858-3400x6, or the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation 253-514-6338 for more information on National Public Lands Day & Cider Swig volunteer opportunities.