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Time to make a difference at Bays Mountain Park

Matthew Lane • Updated Sep 28, 2017 at 9:49 AM

KINGSPORT — An opportunity for you to volunteer at Bays Mountain Park is coming up this weekend.

On Saturday, volunteers at Bays Mountain will joins thousands of fellow Americans in gathering at public land sites across the country to give back to the lands where we all love to play, learn and relax. The event celebrates the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day, the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

Volunteers at Bays Mountain will get their hands dirty from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., removing brush and improving the parking lot area. Just meet at the herpetarium shortly before 8 a.m., wear work clothes and bring a pair of gloves and a bottle of water.

Megan Krager, senior naturalist at Bays Mountain Park, said volunteers will clear debris and dirt from between the parking spaces. The debris has washed down from the upper parking lot over the years.

“Then we're going to beautify the parking lot, clean it up and remove the washed out debris making the aesthetics look more inviting,” Krager said. “Then once that's done, we're going to work around the nature center. There's piles of brush that need to be removed.”

National Public Lands Day, coordinated each year by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) brings together volunteers from across the country to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use and enjoy every day. Each year, volunteers provide tens of millions of dollars’ worth of services in one day that would otherwise take limited park staff months to accomplish.

“Your work will help ensure that Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium continues to be a beautiful place for all to enjoy,” Krager said.

Volunteers can sign up at the Nature Center or by calling (423) 229-9447. For more information, please call Megan Krager at (423) 229-9490.

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