What is National Public Lands Day?
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. In 2013, the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day occurred on Saturday, September 28. NPLD 2014 will take place on Saturday, September 27.
On #NPLD20 more than 175,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated at 2,237 public land sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Read the highlights from our National Public Lands Day 2013 celebrations for more details. Also, make sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for our newsletter to stay posted!
NPLD began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and became a yearly tradition, typically held on the last Saturday in September. Since the first NPLD, the event has grown by leaps and bounds.
In 2013, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,237 sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.
- Collected an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants
- Built and maintained an estimated 1,500 miles of trails
- Planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants
- Removed an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other places
- Contributed an estimated $18 million through volunteer services to improve public lands across the country
Seven federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional and local governments participate in the annual day of caring for public lands.
National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the "tree army" that worked from 1933-1942 to preserve and protect America's natural heritage.
Why is National Public Lands Day Important?
- NPLD educates Americans about the environment and natural resources, and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands;
- NPLD builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community based upon mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America's public lands; and
- NPLD improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work.
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NPLD Supports Let’s Move Outside
Participating in NPLD is a great way to get the recommended 60 minutes of daily activity, while you lend a hand for public lands. Learn more about Let’s Move Outside and how NPLD is involved in the national movement.
Planning a NPLD Event? We Are Here to Help
Almost everything you need to plan your volunteer event can be found on this website, from the registration to the volunteer thank you certificates. If you still have questions, the NPLD staff is happy to answer them. Email us at [email protected].