Sturbridge Riverlands National Public Lands Day Celebration
September 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us on Saturday, September 24, 2022, as we celebrate the 29th annual National Public Lands Day and renew our commitment to securing a safer and healthier world for ourselves, our children, and generations to come. On this page, www.neefusa.org/npld find a map for locating the Sturbridge or other NPLD events near you, and so much more.
The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), in collaboration with federal, state, community and nonprofit partners, will present the 29th annual National Public Lands Day celebration—the largest single-day volunteer event for America’s public lands. The theme for this year’s NPLD celebration is “Giving Back Together,” in honor of the role America’s public lands play in bringing people together for recreation, socialization, and stewardship will be celebrated in Sturbridge with a “Trails Open House” celebrating the completion of the Riverlands Parking lot & trails, two sections of the regional Grand Trunk Trail totaling just over a mile, and the opening of the Long Pond Open Space parcel and trail.
All events will be held at the Riverlands parking lot, 52 Stallion Hill Rd from 10 am to 12 Noon.
A formal ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10 am, followed by several bike rides and walks including at 10:20 am guided, a 2-mile flow trail bike ride, 10:30 am a 2-mile trail run, and also a guided 1 mile trail walk and at 10:45 a guided 1.5 mile family bike ride. A staffed bike maintenance station courtesy of Putnam Cyclery will be available along with bike safety information. The trail committee will be staffing a table of local trail information and our trail guides. This open house event is hosted by The Friends of Sturbridge Trails (FrOST)
This Riverlands parking lot and trail work was several years in completion, using $94,000 in Mass Trails Grants, $65,000 in Community Preservation funds, and supported by the Sturbridge DPW, Northern Tree Service, Morse Engineering & Construction, Green Hill Engineering, and countless volunteer hours by the Trail Committee and our “3rd Saturday” volunteer trail day volunteers.