Two volunteers walking to their clean-up project.What is National Public Lands Day?

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. NPLD 2016 will take place on Saturday, September 24.

On NPLD 2015 nearly 200,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated at 2,520 public land sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 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 2015, about 200,000 NPLD particpants worked at 2,520 sites in every state and the District of Columbia.

NPLD volunteers:

  • Collected an estimated 25,000 pounds of invasive plants
  • Built and maintained an estimated 1,600 miles of trails
  • Planted an estimated 125,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants
  • Removed an estimated 550 tons of trash from trails and other places
  • Contributed an estimated $18.5 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.

CCC Member at Camp Roos in 1933.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.

Interested in National Public Lands Day?  Contact the staff.