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Without the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who contribute their time and energy on the last Saturday of September each year, National Public Lands Day would not be what it is.
Did you know there are military lands that are open to the public for recreation and education? Check them out – and give back with some volunteer service!
We’re celebrating National Public Lands Day for the 21st time this year! Across the country, you will find clean-up projects, educational activities and games to enjoy and celebrate this treasured day. To honor this anniversary, we took a look back at some of NPLD's most important milestones. Check out our progress as we look forward to what’s ahead in the coming decades!
Students and educators around the country are taking part in National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) 2014 throughout April with learning focused on how the STEM fields, specifically engineering, can be used to solve some of today’s biggest environmental problems, leading to sustainable solutions for a healthier planet and healthier people.
On September 28, 2013, our nation celebrated the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day in various ways--hikes, free entrance days, trail maintenance parties, campouts, shoreline cleanups and more. More than 175,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated our public lands at 2,237 sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered, led events and promoted NPLD to their audiences. We enjoyed celebrating our birthday with each of you!
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Volunteer with Friends Groups
Friends Groups are local nonprofit organizations that support public lands. Many Friends Groups lead volunteer events to restore parks, green spaces and community gardens. Learn more about the over 200 Friends Groups that participated in National Public Lands Day 2013 and how you can get involved.
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.