News & Highlights

NPLD Milestones

NPLD 2010 at BLM California Site

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!

National EE Week

EE Week

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.

NPLD 2013 Highlights

Teens painting fences at Martin Luther King, Jr. NHS

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!

Every Day Capacity Building Grantees Announced

Volunteer at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

The recipients for the 2013 Every Day Capacity Building Grants have been announced! The Every Day Capacity Building Grants provide funding to strengthen the organizational effectiveness of community-based nonprofits who serve public land sites in the United States.

Unique Features on 20 Public Lands

#10 inside Mammoth Cave, taken from the Mammoth Dome Tower. Photo: NPS

On this 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, we wanted to highlight some of the lands that are home to some pretty unique features. With America’s public lands covering more than 600 million acres, we know there are lots of interesting sites to see and stories to tell.