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Saturday is National Public Lands Day. Here’s how you can volunteer in Colorado.

DENVER — Just as fall colors are starting to pop in the High Country, some volunteers are gearing up to take part in the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort aimed at preserving public lands. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) challenges people to enjoy the great outdoors while encouraging them to assist in various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks and forests. The yearly event, which typically brings out hundreds of thousands of volunteers, was first established in 1994 and is held each year on the fourth Saturday of September. This year’s event falls on Saturday, Sept. 28. "From trail maintenance to tree planting—volunteers of all ages and abilities roll up their sleeves and work side-by-side to care for public lands," the National Environmental Education Foundation’s website says . "The day also features a variety of hikes, bike rides, community festivals, paddling excursions, and other fun outdoor activities—all set on the backdrop of the country’s public lands and waterways." NPLD is also a fee-free day, meaning entrance fees are waived at national parks and other public lands. Colorado is home to four national parks: Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Mesa Verde National Park and of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. So if you wanted to give back while taking in fresh air and picturesque views of autumn colors, Saturday could be the perfect opportunity. Here’s a few volunteer opportunities we found: Jefferson County Open Space and CDOT are teaming […]

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