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Those traveling to the Philippines for volunteer work or vacation have been faced with the unimaginable – a devastating typhoon that could claim as many as 10,000 lives and left the country in crisis.
Hundreds of volunteers were already working on the popular tourist island of Boho following the massive 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck in mid-October, working on rebuilding homes demolished by the tragedy that killed more than 200 people.
But the devastation hasn’t stopped them from helping. It just changed the mission.
This Saturday, outdoor lovers have a chance to give back to some of the United States’ treasured nature reserves for National Public Lands Day. It’s the largest single-day volunteer effort in the country, and over 170,000 volunteers are expected to help plant trees, remove trash, restore habitats and beautify their public gardens, beaches and parks. This day is set aside annually to promote the importance of protecting our environment and conserving nature. If you love hands-on activities and don’t mind getting a little messy, this is a great way to connect with nature and help our environment.
And to celebrate, the National Park Service is waiving the entry fees to all national parks, so If you don’t plan on volunteering this weekend, be sure to get outdoors and take advantage of this great opportunity to explore some of America’s treasures.