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Refuge to celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 28

On Sept. 28, volunteers at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will join hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans at public land sites across the country. Participants will be giving back to the lands where they play, learn, exercise and relax in celebration of the National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

Participants at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will celebrate by removing trash from the refuge and cashing the trash in for prizes. The event will take a different look this year and encourage organizations and individuals to assemble teams for a friendly competition. Prizes will be given for the most trash collected by a team, heaviest single object collected, largest team participation and a team spirit award.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Refuge Visitor Center, located at the Oklahoma 49-115 junction. There will be a Leave No Trace briefing, after which clean-up assignments will be made. The event will end at noon back at the Refuge Visitor Center. Teams will weigh in trash and collect prizes. Teams will be treated to a lunch and have an opportunity to hang out and play games.

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