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Spotlight: Get Out and Give Back to Your Public Lands

Spotlight: Get Out and Give Back to Your Public Lands

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day on September 28

Public Lands Day Twenty years of everyone pitching in has helped the public lands become what they are today.

What You’ll Find

The nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands, Saturday, September 28. This year marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day (NPLD)–bringing together volunteers to help beautify and restore the open spaces Americans use for outdoor recreation, education and just plain fun. Volunteers get out and give back to our public spaces by beautifying parks, removing debris from rivers, monitoring water quality, hiking along nature trails and more. To find out what is happening in your area, or to register a site, visit the NPLD website.

Getting There

Occurring in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, NPLD sites include community gardens, schools, refuges, recreation areas, rivers and many more. Events are hosted by local, state and federal agencies and their partners, including friends groups and nonprofit organizations dedicated to preserving a designated public lands site. Find a NPLD site near you.

Stay Here

Make reservations to camp at or near your NPLD site! Search Recreation.gov for advance campground reservations and make a weekend of it!

Make Sure You

Volunteer and take advantage of fee-free days. Many federal and non-federal public lands offer free entrance to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Learn more about the fee-free program.

Don’t Forget

While you’re out enjoying public lands, enter the 13th annual photo contest. This year’s theme is Faces & Places. Share a photo of your favorite public land and/or the people you spend time with at these special places.

Get Started

Find a site with activities that are fun for friends and family of all ages by visiting the National Public Lands Day website. If you’d like to organize your own event, consider contacting a local public land agency or connecting with a friends group.