News & Highlights

How State Parks Celebrated NPLD 2015

Volunteers remove trash from Madison Blue Spring State Park, Florida

In 2015, state parks showed their commitment to engaging their local communities in public land stewardship. State parks hosted 507 sites including volunteer, recreational, and educational events across the country. Additionally, 15 state park systems signed memos of mutual support officially recognizing NPLD on Saturday, September 26.

NPLD 2015 Highlights

Fourth Grade Students Celebrate NPLD in Gunnison National Forest

On September 26, 2015, our nation celebrated the 22nd National Public Lands Day in various ways--hikes, free entrance days, trail maintenance parties, campouts, shoreline cleanups and more. Approximately 200,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated our public lands at 2,520 sites in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, led events and promoted NPLD!

2015 Federal Fee-Free Coupons Are On Their Way

National Public Lands Day partners with five federal land management agencies to provide a special thank-you to their volunteers. Each volunteer who participates in a National Public Lands Day 2015 site at Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or USDA Forest Service lands may receive a fee-free coupon. Find out how to request your fee-free coupons and when you can expect them to arrive!

Veterans Enjoying Our Public Lands

Every year, our nation's public lands welcome thousands of veterans and active-duty servicemen and women who find places to recreate as well as to help restore mind and body. This Veterans Day, the U.S. Department of the Interior asked veterans and active-duty military members to share their photos of America's public lands. And now we're proud to share them with you.

Volunteers: Making National Public Lands Day What It Is

Without the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who contribute their time and energy on the last Saturday of September each year, National Public Lands Day would not be what it is.