No, I don't mean a child or a pet. The adoption I'm talking about deals with roads, right-of-ways, trails, parks, beauty spots, public areas and shorelines. This type of adoption is a way for all of us to enhance the properties and help keep them free of litter and debris. In some cases, the assistance may not only be cleaning and picking up but also physical improvements to the area. In some cases it can mean beautification through plantings of native prairie plants, trees and shrubs, fix ups, paint ups, and more.