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National Public Lands Day

Sat, Sep 26, 2020
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm

Free Admission Day

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, the event brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country.  This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended many aspects of daily life in this country, and our public lands are no exception.

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at the Cradle of Forestry in America on Saturday September 26th. Our site will be open 10am to 4pm that day and be FREE for ALL visitors. The Cradle will be offering a service project; a litter pick-up, along with on-site guided tours of our interpretive trails. Woodsy Owl is a dear friend of the Cradle and is inspiring this year’s litter pick up. With Woodsy’s motto, “Lend a hand, care for the land” and “give a hoot, don’t pollute” the Cradle hopes to recruit volunteers for a litter pick up along the Cradle’s stretch of highway 276. Come and enjoy your public lands!


Event Schedule:

Service Project: Pre-registration required
  • Registration is now closed
  • 10am to 12pm: Litter Pick-Up along the Cradle’s stretch of highway 276
  • We will be providing safety vests, masks, gloves and trash bags to volunteers
  • Pre-Register for the Litter Pick-Up by completing registration form


on-site Guided Tours of our Biltmore Campus Trail

The trail is 1.0 mile and winds through the Biltmore Forest School’s rustic campus. A one-room schoolhouse, general store, cabins, blacksmith shop, and a garden provide opportunities to discuss life in the early 1900’s and forest resources. Glimpse the lives of the first American forestry students and the families who lived here.

  • Registration is now closed
  • Limit 20 people per tour
  • Pre-Registration for guided tours required by completing registration form
  • All tours are free of charge



Sat, Sep 26, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Cradle of Forestry
11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
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Stephanie Bradley