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Thousands expected to volunteer for National Public Lands Day

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National Public Lands Day is tomorrow. Thousands of volunteers will head outdoors to get their hands dirty planting trees, repairing trails, and cleaning up wildlands and parks. More from KPCC’s Debra Baer.

Debra Baer: Volunteers plan to work at sites across the Southland. They’ll be painting buildings and planting native plants at Kenneth Hahn State Park in Los Angeles. In Irwindale at the Santa Fe Dam Nature Center, the command center for the Station Fire, other folks will repair nature trails and restore a creek bed.

Near the L.A. Zoo in Griffith Park, a group will plant trees while the Zoo hosts the launch of its California Get to Know Program. Mary Krupa Clark is with the nonprofit that introduces city kids to the natural world.

Mary Krupa Clark: Kids will be able to learn about their wild neighbors in California focusing on species like the desert tortoise and harbor seals and California condors, and they’ll be able to participate in art activities with the assistance of people like Howard Ruby, a famous photographer.

Baer: The program’s free with regular admission to the Zoo. For more information about volunteer activities, go to