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Love Our NY Lands Days & I Love My Park Day

Love Our NY Lands: Campgrounds Day on Saturday, July 8, 2023

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Parks & Trails New York (leaves DEC website), in partnership with DEC and New York State Parks hosts I Love My Park Day, held annually the first Saturday in May, and attracts thousands of volunteers from across the state to participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks, historic sites and public lands.

The 12th annual I Love My Park Day, held on May 6, 2023, encouraged volunteers to celebrate New York's park system and prepare our public lands for spring by cleaning up park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trail and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects. In total, DEC hosted sixteen events at Environmental Education Centers, state and wild forests, trailheads, and multiple use/unique areas across the state.

To encourage year-round stewardship, PTNY, State Parks and DEC will launch additional volunteer opportunities throughout the summer and fall as part of the Love Our NY Lands campaign. The campaign goal is to help protect our natural resources by providing visitors with the knowledge necessary to reduce their impact, engage users to practice sustainable and safe recreation, and help all visitors feel welcome while visiting state lands.

The first event of the series, Campgrounds Day, will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2023, and will focus on improvements and cleanups at state campgrounds facilities. Volunteer sites and registration information for Campgrounds Day will be posted on this webpage soon, please stay posted.

In addition to these stewardship events, participants are encouraged to Love Our New York Lands all year by practicing Leave No Trace principles and by recreating safely, sustainably, and hiking in suitable conditions based on weather and experience level.

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