Cradle of Forestry to Celebrate National Public Lands Day

The Cradle of Forestry in America invites the community to take part in NEEF’s 25th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday September 22nd, 2018. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) supports this annual event and uses the day to connect people to public lands and their communities, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation, and general health.

This year, NEEF is highlighting the resilience of public lands. Last year, floods, wildfire, and severe storms caused several NPLD event hosts to cancel or change their plans. Others leveraged NPLD volunteers to restore and rebuild damaged parks and other outdoor spaces. Projects taking place at the Cradle will include erosion control, mulching, and invasive species removal. If you are interested in volunteering for NPLD at the Cradle please contact Clay Wooldridge at (828) 877-3130 or [email protected].

Admission to the Cradle is free on this special day to all visitors. Cradle education staff will be offering free guided hikes on the two interpretive trails and fun activities that encourages visitors to enjoy our public lands. The site is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for all to enjoy the heritage site’s trails, exhibit hall, the First in Forestry film, gift shop, and Café at the Cradle. This September, celebrate something we all share: our public lands.

The Cradle of Forestry in America is located on U.S. Highway 276 in the Pisgah National Forest along the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 412. For more information, call the Cradle of Forestry at 828-877-3130 or online at


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