National Public Lands Day Needs YOU

Sarasota County is celebrating the 21st Annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27th. We are looking for volunteers to participate and lead the work force to help with removing nuisance exotic plants, picking up trash, and other debris at Arlington Park.


Volunteers needed!

21st Annual National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Arlington Park

2650 Waldemere Street, Sarasota

9 a.m. – noon

Sarasota County is celebrating the 21st Annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27th.

We are looking for volunteers to participate and lead the work force to help with:

  • ·         Removing nuisance exotic plants
  • ·         Picking up trash and other debris

Interested in volunteering?


Where:         Arlington Park

Address:       2650 Waldemere Street, Sarasota

Date:             Saturday, September 27, 2014

Time:             9 AM – Noon (arrive no later than 8:45 AM)


On-line registration is available at Select the Calendar icon on the right under the Administration, Commission and Televised Meetings section. Select ‘September’ from the drop down list and click ‘go.’  Then choose ‘National Public Lands Day’ on September 27. If you are unable to register online, you may also call the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources OR National Public Lands Day for more information or for help in registering.

Below is more information regarding the site and activities. To learn more about NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY, read below or visit Arlington Park | NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY.

What to wear: Field appropriate clothes (or old clothes that can get dirty), closed-toe and closed-heel shoes such as hiking boots or old sneakers that may get wet, sunblock, hat (optional), sunglasses (optional), and insect repellent.


What to bring: Volunteers are encouraged to bring loppers, clippers or shears if they have them. Participants should bring their own work gloves, extra drinking water and insect repellent. (Limited equipment, supplies and refreshments will be provided.)


Sarasota County has more than 106,000 acres of natural land that is home to hundreds of protected and endangered species of animals and plants. Natural lands in Sarasota County offer residents and visitors the opportunity to interact with nature, witness wildlife in its natural habitat, and enjoy outdoor recreation.


National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America’s public lands. During last year’s National Public Lands Day, more than 170,000 volunteers nationwide built trails and bridges, planted trees and plants, and removed trash and invasive plants. This effort contributed an estimated $17 million to improve public lands across the country.


National Public Lands Day:

         Educates Americans about critical environmental and natural resources issues and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands;

         Builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community based upon mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America’s public lands;

         Improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work.
One out of every three acres of America’s land – 600 million acres – is public land. And when you get your hands dirty on National Public Lands Day you help spruce up your beautiful lands. This year’s national goal is to have 175,000 volunteers at 2,300 public land sites. 1/3 of America’s land is yours. Consider spending 1/365 of your time preserving it.


Thanks in advance for your time and support.  Hope to see you at Arlington Park on National Public Lands Day!





Brie W. Ondercin

Park Planning and Capital Program

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources

Phillippi Estate Park

5500 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL  34231

941.232.9993 (cell)

941.373.7080 (fax)