September 17, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU AmeriCorps members schedule National Public Lands Day service
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – More than two dozen members of Slippery Rock University’s AmericCorps Program will lend a hand Sept. 25 assisting with trail maintenance at the nearby Jennings Environmental Education Center as part of National Public Lands Day.
The SRU AmeriCorps Program is part of the University’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy.
In 2009, more than 150,000 volunteers built more than 1,320 miles of trails, removed more than 900,000 pounds of trash and collected an estimated 20,000 pounds of invasive plants, while planting an estimated 100,000 trees and restoring water resources.
It is estimated that volunteer efforts contributed $14 million man-hours to improving public lands across the country.
This year, National Public Lands Day celebrates service and recreation on public lands while educating volunteers about the effects of climate change on public parks.
The Jennings Environmental Education Center is one of several state parks specifically dedicated to providing environmental education and interpretation to the community. Jennings was the first reserve established in Pennsylvania to protect an individual plant species and remains the only public and protected prairie in the commonwealth.
Each year, more than 167,000 visitors, 280 schools, 11 colleges and universities and a number of civic organizations are served by the center.
Chris Stefanides, an AmeriCorps member, available at 724.738.2273, and Laurel Dagnon, AmeriCorp program director, available at 724.738.2030, are coordinating the project.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.