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On December 12, 2011, The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) announced a $3 million grant by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. to the Foundation to improve the capacity of community-based organizations supporting parks and other public lands. NEEF was joined by U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and other officials for the announcement. This public-private partnership, consistent with President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, comes at a time when public lands are in need of financial and volunteer support.
Still looking for a 2012 New Year's resolution? Why not make the pledge to volunteer at one of America's beautiful public lands! From the grand national parks of Yellowstone or Acadia to a community park in your neighborhood, there are thousands of public lands looking for volunteers. No experience is necessary and everyone can do their part. Take the first step by signing up for the National Public Lands Day newsletter to be updated year-round on volunteering and educational opportunities on public lands throughout the nation.
While planting trees, repairing trails and enhancing native habitats on National Public Lands Day, don't forget to bring your camera and take some great shots of your fellow volunteers. Your photo could become a winner in the 11th annual NPLD Volunteers in Action Photo Contest. The contest is sponsored by REI and features prizes of REI gear and apparel.
National Public Lands Day is a fee-free entrance day at many federal public lands including national parks. It's a great opportunity to help a local or favorite public land near you and spend the rest of the day recreating or relaxing on the land. With free admission, feel free to bring a friend or make it a family outing, and enjoy the experience.
National Public Lands Day 2011 was a huge success. It was one of the largest volunteer celebrations in the history of the program with support from eight federal agencies, state and local governments, community gardens, schools and businesses, including Toyota and Northrop Grumman.
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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 2012 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.