Litter in the park, dropped by careless visitors or blown in from the road, is dangerous for wildlife and unsightly in nature. Volunteers are needed to pick up wrappers, cups, balloons, and other debris tangled in bushes near the campground and along the fence line. This activity involves walking through soft sand and/or compacted dirt road for the distance of your choice. Those who wish to trek far should be sure to arrive early! Park entrance fees will be waived for participants. Kids will receive a complimentary Litter Getter Magnet and adults get a day use pass for any of the 11 California State Parks in the Great Basin District, to thank you for your stewardship! Please note that dogs are only allowed in the campground, picnic area, and park road (no dogs on trails in State Parks).
Check in at the campfire center at the south end of the campground for registration and litter pickup supplies (bags and latex-free gloves). Bring lunch, water, layered clothing with long pants, and sun protection. Bringing your own reusable gloves and water bottles will help conserve resources! Pre-registration is not required, but participants may RSVP in advance at www.Facebook.com/SaddlebackButte. Coordinated each year by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), National Public Lands Day brings together volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that people across America use and enjoy every day. Each year, National Public Lands Day volunteers provide tens of millions of dollars’ worth of services that would otherwise take limited park staff months to accomplish. Please note: the official NPLD, sponsored by Toyota Motor North America, is September 25th; the event at Saddleback is held a month later when the desert is cooler. For questions about this event, call 661-753-6233 or email Jean.Rhyne@parks.ca.gov. For information about the park, visit www.parks.ca.gov. When: Saturday, October 23rd, 9 a.m. to noon Where: Check in at Saddleback Butte State Park Campground, 17071 East Avenue K in Lancaster (East Avenue K and 170th Street East, near Lake Los Angeles).From Hwy 14, follow Ave K east past 150th St. East. Road becomes K-8; make a left on 170th Street East back to Avenue K. Make a right, and the campground entrance is on the left. Contact: Jean Rhyne, 661-753-6233, Jean.Rhyne@parks.ca.gov