Lands Day

Rappahannock News - - FROM PAGE ONE -

Wa­ter qual­ity is the fo­cus of the 24th Na­tional Public Lands Day vol­un­teer event this Satur­day, Sept. 30, in Shenan­doah Na­tional Park. Na­tional Public Lands Day is the na­tion's largest, sin­gle­day vol­un­teer ef­fort for public lands. Shenan­doah’s event will be held at Byrd Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, mile 51 on Sky­line Drive. Start time is 9 a.m. Park en­trance fees are waived on this spe­cial day, which in­cludes:

➤ Wa­ter Qual­ity Mon­i­tor­ing Vol­un­teer Event, 9 to 11 a.m. Take part in the EarthE­cho World Wa­ter Mon­i­tor­ing Chal­lenge, part of an in­ter­na­tional pro­gram that chal­lenges the public to con­duct ba­sic wa­ter qual­ity test­ing of lo­cal streams. Vol­un­teers meet at the Byrd Vis­i­tor Cen­ter Au­di­to­rium at 9 a.m. for a brief ori­en­ta­tion and train­ing. Each will then re­ceive a wa­ter qual­ity test kit to con­duct sur­veys on se­lect streams in the park. Vol­un­teers of all ages are wel­come but must pre­reg­is­ter. Con­tact the park.

➤ Fresh­wa­ter Il­lus­trated Films, 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Fresh­wa­ter Il­lus­trated de­vel­ops award­win­ning doc­u­men­tary films about fresh­wa­ter ecosys­tems. Films, to be shown in the Byrd Vis­i­tor Cen­ter Au­di­to­rium, will in­clude the Last Dragons, Bring­ing Back the Brooks, and A Deeper Creek. Each film lasts 10 to 15 min­utes.

➤ Wild Side of Shenan­doah Ranger Talk, 11:30 a.m. Join a park ranger for a talk about the park’s wildlife and the im­por­tant role the park plays in pro­tect­ing their habi­tat. 20 to 30 min­utes.

➤ In­ter­pre­ta­tive Ta­bles & Chil­dren’s Ac­tiv­ity Ta­ble, Noon to 3 p.m. Learn all about streams, their bio­di­ver­sity, and how to bet­ter pro­tect them.

➤ Tour of Wa­ter Treat­ment Fa­cil­ity, 2 p.m. Join park staff for a be­hind-the-scenes look at the park’s wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­ity.

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