NPLD 2013 Highlights
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!
A snapshot of National Public Lands Day 2013:
- Volunteers contributed an estimated $18 million in improvements to federal, state and local public lands. Highlights of their work include:
- NPLD received a Presidential Proclamation for the fifth year in a row. Additionally, 36 governors and 75 mayors and counties proclaimed September 28 as National Public Lands Day. Read or download the NPLD 2013 proclamations.
- Thirty-six state park systems hosted at least one site for NPLD 2013. A total of 440 state park sites participated in NPLD. A record 19 state park systems signed memos of mutual support officially recognizing NPLD on September 28. Virginia State Parks continued to recognize NPLD with all of their units participating and Florida State Parks continued to host high numbers of NPLD events throughout the state. Washington State Parks celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013 and designated NPLD as a fee-free date at sites throughout the state.
Breakdown of Sites by Public Land Category
|Type of Public Land||Number of Sites||Percentage of Total|
|Federal Public Lands||915||41 percent|
|State Parks||440||20 percent|
|City & Town Parks||382||17 percent|
|Urban Parks||229||10 percent|
Counties, Park Districts, Regional Parks
and Conservation Districts
|Misc. Sites (unidentified public lands)||134||6 percent|
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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.