Calendar of National Outdoor and Service Events


Girl scout volunteering at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens.

Prepare your 2013 calendar of volunteer, recreation and education events. We've collected a list of some of the most popular nationwide events that can help guide your programming and attract new visitors to your public land. Choose only a couple to support (such as NPLD), or try to do an activity for all of them! Many of these events encourage youth to participate, so plan ahead and invite a school, scout troop or church group to attend.


Important Volunteer and Outdoor Event Dates




  • 15-18: Great Backyard Bird Count. Annual 4-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.



  • 18-24: National Wildlife Week. Education program designed around teaching and connecting kids to the awesome wonders of wildlife. 





  • 17: Endangered Species Day. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. 
  • 18: Kids to Parks Day. Every family is invited to take their kids to a local park and play outdoors.



  • Great Outdoors Month. 
  • 1: National Trails Day. American Hiking Society's annual event celebrating trails. 
  • 8: National Get Outdoors Day. Event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.
  • 22: Great American Backyard Campout.  People across the nation will gather in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks to take part in an event all about re-connecting with nature.









  • 14-January 5: Christmas Bird Count. The longest running citizen science survey in the country. Identify birds and collect data for researchers.