Despite recent rainy weather, thousands of Georgians gathered at state parks and historic sites to enjoy “Free Day in the Parks,” a celebration of National Public Lands Day and our way to say “thanks” to all the people who have supported our parks during this financially challenging year. Our corporate sponsors, The Coca-Cola Company and Verizon Wireless, deserve special appreciation for helping underwrite the costs of the free day.
Our staff and volunteers provided programs such as fishing rodeos, storytelling and guided hikes to help our visitors have a great visit. And, our Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites hosted volunteer service projects like building trails, landscaping projects, invasive plant removal and river clean-ups as a way to show our guests how they can help support state parks and historic sites.
Every day, we hear from citizens who want to know how they can protect Georgia’s most precious places. Joining the non-profit Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites is one of the most effective ways to show support. Church groups, scouts and corporations help by hosting volunteer workdays. Even the simple act of visiting your local state park or historic site helps.
I encourage all Georgians to get outdoors and explore our beautiful state. After all, our state parks and historic sites belong to everyone, and your support will ensure they are here for generations to come.
Becky Kelley, director
Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division
Georgia Department of Natural Resources