September 24, 2016, marks the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day, and the first for the newly designated Sand to Snow National Monument. In celebration, Friends of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), with other partners, are hosting a Community Stewardship event and Monument sign installation at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, within Sand to Snow.

npld-flyer-engThe event will include volunteers from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, the California Conservation Corps Veterans Corps, local residents, students, and many other diverse members of the local community. Volunteers will spend the morning giving back to the community and taking care of our public lands by removing invasive plants, clearing and improving overgrown trails, installing new Monument signs, and more. This work helps bring the community together, ensure the health of our public lands and keep Big Morongo Canyon Preserve accessible and enjoyable for all.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, helping to connect people to the public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation and general health. It is sponsored nationally by the National Environmental Education Foundation and by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Local partners include Conservation Lands Foundation, the National Parks and Conservation Association, and Mojave Desert Land Trust.

Come celebrate YOUR Sand to Snow National Monument and YOUR National Public Lands!

Saturday, September 24

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve – 11055 East Drive, Morongo Valley, CA

Open to the public but space and tools are limited, please RSVP. FREE admission.

Contact: (760) 833-7106 –

* Volunteers should bring sun hat, long pants, sturdy closed toed shoes, and reusable water bottles are recommended. Water, gloves and tools will be provided at the event.