National Public Lands Day (NPLD), held annually on the fourth Saturday of September, is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. The first National Public Lands Day was in 1994. It started as a volunteer effort to improve and help maintain federally owned land in the United States. Today, it brings together hundreds of thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore America’s public lands.
This year is the 25-year anniversary of National Public Lands Day as well as the 50-year anniversary of the National Trails System and National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. It’s a big year for our public lands!
What are National Public Lands?
National Public Lands are the places Americans use for outdoor recreation, education, and other enjoyment. They include national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, forests, grasslands, marine sanctuaries, lakes, and reservoirs. It also includes state, county, and city parks that are managed by public agencies, but that belong to and are enjoyed by everyone.
How Can I Get Involved?
There are many ways you can get involved with National Public Lands Day.
- You can visit a national park for free. There more than 400 parks available for you to visit. #FindYourPark and take advantage of the fee-free day!
- You can take part in a volunteer work project. If you volunteer on this day, you will receive a fee-free day coupon to be used on a future date.
- You can share your favorite outdoor activity on a social media channel with the hashtag #NPSVolunteer, #FindYourPark, #NPLD and #GetOutside!