Colorado Parks and Wildlife, along with partners from federal, local and state agencies, are all celebrating Colorado Public Lands Day on Saturday, May 19. Free events, stewardship projects and outdoor adventures are being offered across the state to highlight the importance of our public lands.
Colorado Public Lands Day is an annual opportunity to give back to our lands and unify communities across the state. "Not only do public lands conserve critical habitat for fish and wildlife, they also sustain a vibrant economic engine for Colorado," said CPW Director Bob Broscheid. "Whether it's tourism, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking or dirt biking, our public lands are a vital part of Colorado's allure and natural beauty."
Colorado was the first state in the nation to establish its own public lands day. In May 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed the bipartisan bill into law. The purpose of this holiday is to celebrate the significant contributions that national, state, and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, outdoor recreation, the economy, and to Coloradans' quality of life.
Some state park events include:
. Arkansas Headwaters: 27th Annual Clean Up/Green Up
. Lathrop State Park and Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Kids to Parks Day Activity
. Roxborough State Park: Volunteer at the Garden
. Stagecoach State Park: Free Community Lunch and Pre-Summer Trash Pick-Up
. Lory State Park: Mullein Control to Celebrate Public Lands Day!
. Colorado State Parks Photo Campaign
For event information, visit cpw.state.co.us/copubliclandsday.
Additional events can also be found at copubliclandsday.com.