The NAU Centennial Forest—home to 4,700 acres of forest used for university research and education—is holding its first community service day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7 near the Arboretum at Flagstaff off Woody Mountain Road.

Cheryl Miller, education coordinator in the School of Forestry, said the project is a way for the community to give back to a popular recreational place.

“It’s a great opportunity to get out and do something good for the environment,” she said, adding that participants will work on identifying and removing invasive species of exotic plants and planting native plants.

“We’ll also be cleaning up some of the garbage out there, and closing off a road to the Mexican spotted owl protected activity center, so people are not disturbing owls during this breeding season,” she said.

Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the School of Forestry parking lot (P46), and are asked to bring water, sunscreen and appropriate clothing for the weather. Transportation, tools, lunch and snacks will be provided.

To RSVP, contact Cheryl Miller at (928) 523-6727 or Cheryl.Miller@nau.edu.

Information about the NAU Centennial Forest is available online.