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June 7 Events Focus on Trails and the Chesapeake Bay

All 36 Virginia State Parks will participate in National Trails Day on Saturday, June 7, 2014 with programs and or volunteer opportunities to promote and celebrate America’s more than 200,000 miles of trails. The 21 Virginia State Parks in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will also be coordinating volunteer efforts for Clean the Bay Day.

Volunteers of all ages pitch in on Clean the Bay Day 2013 at York River State Park
Volunteers of all ages pitch in on Clean the Bay Day 2013 at York River State Park

A complete list of the programs and volunteer opportunities can be found by clicking here.

The American Hiking Society coordinates National Trails Day which also highlights the work of thousands of volunteers who construct and maintain trails. Clean the Bay Day is the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s annual stream and shoreline cleanup. Last year more than 200 sites and 6,000 volunteers participated in Clean the Bay Day projects.

Enjoying High Bridge Trail State Park
Enjoying High Bridge Trail State Park

Help clean the shoreline at York River State Park in Williamsburg and participate in the June Kid’s Fishing Tournament or take a wagon ride through the park’s history. Across the James River from Williamsburg, Chippokes Plantation State Park in Surry is holding an adults only canoe clean-up along lower Chippokes Creek. There are plenty of activities for the kids as well including a Children’s fishing tournament, hike and fossil walk.

The Run for Your Life 5K Race is an annual event at High Bridge Trail State Park in Farmville. The park is also hosting a river cleanup along the Appomattox River bank below the trail. Learn what makes a watershed and participate in the Clean the Creek Scene Investigation (CCSI) to appreciate what impacts the quality of our streams, rivers and bay at Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania.

Bark in the Park at Sailor's Creek
Bark in the Park at Sailor's Creek

Spend time with your favorite four legged friend at Bark in the Park at Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park in Rice. At Staunton River Battlefield State Park in Randolph bring your dog and discover how dogs were used during the civil war.

Explore Shenandoah River State Park in Bentonville by volunteering to clean along the water access points in the day use area and then down the Bluebell Trail adjacent to the river. The four participants who pick up the most trash will win their choice of a free kayak or tube trip. Float down the James to Treasure Island at James River State Park in Gladstone and if you collect at least 15 pieces of trash you will be treated to a free wagon ride.

Canoeing at James River State Park
Canoeing at James River State Park

Some events require pre-registration or fees. Please call the park for more information. Many of our parks offer camping and cabins so you can plan a longer stay. To make reservations, contact our Customer Service Center at 800-933-7275 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations can also be made on line 24/7 by clicking here.

National Trails Day and Clean the Bay Day are part of a month long celebration of National Great Outdoors Month.

Published: 05/22/2014

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