TUCSON, Ariz. — In celebration of National Public Lands Day, the Coronado National Forest is waiving fees at its day-use sites around Arizona on Sept. 28.
National Public Lands Day is a nationwide effort that began in 1994 and is designed to enhance public parks, forests and waterways.
"The event educates Americans about the environment and natural resources, and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands; builds partnerships between the public sector and local communities based upon mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America's public lands; and improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work," said spokesperson Heidi Schewel.
One popular Tucson hiking spot that's participating is Sabino Canyon! A day full of events begins at 7:00 a.m. Here's the full schedule:
- Volunteers hosting education table for kids - 7:00 a.m.
- 7th Annual One Mile Fit Kidz Classic - 7:15 a.m.
- Effort to remove invasive grasses (volunteers should meet at 7177 E. Tanque Verde Road) - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Self guided Junior Ranger programs - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Trail work on Red Ridge Trail (RSVP here) - 9:00 a.m.
- Presentation on mountain lions - 11:00 a.m.
Visitors can contact the ranger district office to determine which sites will have fees waived.
- Douglas Ranger District - (520) 364-3468
- Nogales Ranger District - (520) 281-2296
- Sierra Vista Ranger District - (520) 378-0311
- Safford Ranger District - (928) 428-4150
- Santa Catalina Ranger District - (520) 749-8700