Sep 282012

Visitors to Petrified Forest National Park will be admitted free on Saturday, Sept. 29, National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands.
At Petrified Forest there will also be tours of the museum collection, the behind the scenes museum storage area with many cool paleontological and archeological items. At Painted Desert Inn there will be a display of volunteer photographer Andrew V. Kearns’ photographs taken of the new lands purchased last year by the National Park Service. Visitors will also learn of exciting and interesting volunteer opportunities at the park.
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and National Public Lands Day became a yearly tradition, typically held on the last Saturday in September. Since the first one, the event has grown by leaps and bounds.
In 2011, more than 170,000 volunteers worked at 2,067 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories.