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Minnesota Master Naturalist Program invites volunteers to serve on National Public Lands Day

University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist Program, in partnership with Camp Ripley and Northland Arboretum, invites area residents to participate in National Public Lands Day 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 22.

National Public Lands Day, or NPLD, is the largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Since 2012, the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program has facilitated this effort at sites across the state. More than 1,000 volunteers have removed invasive species, planted pollinator gardens and protected newly planted trees, among other projects for over 5,000 service hours to date.

This year, the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program encourages residents to join this growing tradition of stewardship through service at one of 15 locations in Minnesota, including Camp Ripley and Northland Arboretum.

Volunteers are encouraged to register before Sept. 7 to receive a Master Naturalist NPLD 2018 T-shirt. Registration officially closes on Sept. 18. To find the National Public Lands Day site nearest you, go to:

Volunteers at Camp Ripley will work to mechanically remove invasive vegetation on a prairie restoration and inspect cages on recently planted white pine trees. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to plant prairie plants.

Volunteers at Northland Arboretum will learn how to identify and remove invasive species.

Camp Ripley is located at 1500 Highway 115, Little Falls. To register for this site, go to

Northland Arboretum is located at 14250 Conservation Drive, Baxter. To register for this site, go to