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!


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:
- Removing an estimated 500 tons of trash;
- Collecting/removing an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants;
- Building and maintaining an estimated 1,500 miles of trails; and
- Planting an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants.
    • 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

129 6 percent
Schools 8 <1 percent
Misc. Sites (unidentified public lands) 134 6 percent