June is Great Outdoors Month: a nationally-recognized celebration of America’s natural spaces and the many ways to enjoy them. The Corps Network celebrates Great Outdoors Month with our annual Great Outdoors Day of Service in Washington, DC. This event brings together youth from Corps across the country to help restore and maintain National Park Service properties in the nation’s capital.
PURPOSE of the DAY OF SERVICE:
1. Inspire people to get outside and contribute to the preservation of America’s natural spaces.
2. Raise awareness about the important role of service & volunteerism in protecting and improving public lands.
3. Celebrate the service of Corpsmembers and other volunteers who help protect America's natural treasures and make public lands and waters accessible.
4. Make a difference and help address the maintenance backlog.
REGISTER A GROUP:
If you want to register a group, please contact Bobby Tillett, firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Volunteers can arrive at the FDR Memorial on the National Mall starting at 8:30 a.m. to check-in, grab breakfast, and get their t-shirts. The day begins with speeches and a warm-up activity at the west end of the FDR Memorial. Volunteers will then receive boxed lunches and be assigned to project locations (National Mall, Teddy Roosevelt Island, Daingerfield Island, or Rock Creek Park). Projects will include invasive species removal, river cleanup, debris cleanup, light landscaping, and painting. Most projects will happen rain or shine.
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR:
Come prepared to get dirty; closed-toe shoes highly recommended. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, rain gear as appropriate. There will be water coolers, so please bring a water bottle to fill. All volunteers will receive a Day of Service t-shirt, but we suggest bringing a long-sleeve shirt and pants as some projects may involve working near poison ivy. Tools will be provided.
BRIEFING ON CAPITOL HILL - JUNE 15:
Prior to the Day of Service, please join us on Capitol Hill on Thursday, June 15th for a briefing on legislation and issues important to Corps. Register and learn more here.