University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist Program, in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invites area residents to participate in National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28.

National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Volunteers will service 19 properties. Locally at Oak Savanna Learning Center, volunteers will help staff the pollinator, aquatic invertebrates, or wildlife educational booths and interact with visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the Wildlife Festival. Oak Savanna Learning Center is located at 16797 289th Ave. NW, Zimmerman. To register for this site, go to https://z.umn.edu/OakSavannaLC.

Since 2012, the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program has facilitated more than 5,000 service hours at sites across the state. More than 1,000 volunteers have removed invasive species, planted pollinator gardens and protected newly planted trees to name a few.

Volunteers are encouraged to register by Sept. 7 to receive a Master Naturalist NPLD 2019 T-shirt. Registration closes on Sept. 18. To find the National Public Lands Day site nearest you, go to https://z.umn.edu/NPLD19. For a map of locations: https://arcg.is/1KeWaz0. For more news from U of M Extension, visit http://www.extension.umn.edu/news.

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