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Posted 8/28/2013

Release no. 13-060

Robert Kidd

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Black Butte Lake will be the Northern California epicenter of an outdoor double happening Sept. 28 -- combining public service, sports and free refreshments -- as National Public Lands Day meets “Let’s Move Outside.”

“It was purely natural for us to co-host National Public Lands Day alongside a celebration of first lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move Outside’ program that promotes exercise for children,” said Amber Machado, park ranger at Black Butte Lake, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District park outside Orland.

“Public Lands Day offers a great opportunity for folks to come out and support their public parks and it can be an excellent project for scouts and conservation groups,” said Machado. “And while those young folks are together, it’s a great time to also celebrate outdoor sports and physical fitness through ‘Let’s Move Outside.’”

National Public Lands Day activities at Black Butte Lake will begin at 9 a.m. and offer a number of public service opportunities including trail maintenance, park bench installation and litter pick up.
Refreshments and snacks will be available between noon and 1 p.m.

“At 1 p.m., we invite everyone to celebrate ‘Let’s Move Outside’ by participating in a game of horseshoes, volleyball, disc golf or by taking a hike on one of our trails,” said Machado. ‘Let’s Move Outside’ promotes a healthy and active lifestyle for children.

For service groups of more than five members, please RSVP so your party can have a specific service project reserved. Contact Machado at 530-865-4722 ext. 32 or by email at for further information.

“Whether you’re coming solo or you’re bringing a service group, we have a project for you,” said Machado. “Bring your work gloves, your outdoor spirit and prepare to have fun!”

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