Join the Tumacácori Weed Whackers for National Public Lands Day | Destinations


Those looking to leave town but also want to lend a hand in supporting public lands are invited to join the Tumacácori Weed Whackers on Saturday, September 25 to clear the invasive weeds from Tumacácori National Historical Park. On National Public Lands Day (NPLD), more than 150,000 volunteers across the country will participate in activities to restore and care for public lands. Organized annually by the National Foundation for Environmental Education (NEEF), NPLD is the nation’s largest one-day volunteer effort for public lands. There will be two opportunities to volunteer at Tumacácori this year.

From 8:30 am to 11:30 am, early risers and their families can join the “Goathead Attack Squad” to clear the invasive piercing vine (aka “goathead”) around the church. This family morning will be devoted to uprooting plants and removing seeds from the mission grounds. This project will not be strenuous but will require bending and kneeling.

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail in autumn light

From 1 pm to 3 pm there will be a “Weed Walk” along the Anza Trail. This part of the day will consist of hiking a section of trail through the Tumacácori PNH and along the Santa Cruz River. While admiring the landscape of the area, volunteers will teach the park’s biological science staff how to identify and eliminate invasive plants in the field. This activity will be moderately strenuous and involve a hike of up to 4 miles, as well as a fair amount of bending and kneeling.

All NPLD participants are encouraged to wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and sun protection. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Work gloves will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Masks must be worn inside all federal buildings, including the visitor center, museum, and church. NPLD projects will take place outdoors with plenty of space to practice social distancing. Volunteers will earn hours of service and a coupon valid for free entry to any national park or federal charge area. Entrance to all sites in the national park will be free on this day.

For more information or to register for the event, contact Tony Palmer at 520.377.5096, or [email protected]

Tumacácori National Historical Park is located 45 miles south of Tucson and 15 miles north of Nogales. Take exit 29 from I-19 and follow the signs.

For more information on Tumacácori National Historic Park, call 520.377.5060, or visit the park website. Find out more about visiting the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

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