More than 170,000 volunteers nationwide will visit their favorite public parks, beaches, wildlife preserves or forests to learn and enjoy more about these treasured places as part of National Public Lands Day. On Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 11a.m., the Dardanelle Aquatic Resource Team will host their 19th Annual National Public Lands Day event at Lake Dardanelle State Park. This event brings together thousands of volunteers to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education and enjoyment. You can also join in volunteering for the annual Great Arkansas Clean-up which will be held at this event. It costs the state of Arkansas approximately $5 million annually to pick up litter. Each year 17,000 Arkansans volunteer for this event in 53 counties to reduce our wasted and beautify the environment.

At 11 a.m. there will be a ceremony for all those who volunteered and a free lunch along with several planned activities for the whole family ending the day with the cardboard boat races at 4 p.m. at the swimming beach at Lake Dardanelle State Park.

Hundreds of volunteers are already signed up to make this event a success. Volunteers will be cleaning up trails, shorelines, and public parks around Russellville, Arkansas. If you or a group of friends, coworkers, neighbors or club members would like to volunteer for National Public Lands Day and Great Arkansas Clean-up, please contact Sarah Keating at 479-967-5516 to cleanup in Russellville. Just a few hours of volunteering can make a difference.