National Public Lands Day & Coastal Cleanup

NPLD Successes 2018

In celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day, September 15, and National Public Lands Day, September 22, we hosted 113 statewide volunteer events — resulting in the collection of more than 13,700 pounds of litter. 

Thank You to all our Volunteers!

Nearly 4,000 volunteers participated in events in state parks throughout the state in celebration of these two days of service. There were beach and trail cleanups, invasive plant removals, native plantings, and informational sessions. In all, volunteers collected more than 13,700 pounds of liter and donated 16,239 hours valued at $360,780.

Volunteers are critical to the mission of DEP’s Florida Park Service, often working side-by-side with staff to engage with the community, conduct stewardship projects and help maintain natural areas. More than 14,400 state park volunteers and 80 Friends groups, or citizen support organizations contribute over 1.2 million hours of service annually.

Started by the Ocean Conservancy more than 30 years ago, International Coastal Cleanup Day pulls together more than 100 countries to participate in the function each year. The National Environmental Education Foundation has coordinated National Public Lands Day for 25 years, encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to participate in festivities, provide assistance with trail maintenance and native plantings, collect litter from coastal areas, and give back to their favorite natural places.

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