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The Department of the Interior has announced the fee-free days for 2013, including National Public Lands Day on September 28. A fee-free day is when parks, refuges and rangelands offer free entry or waive the standard amenity fee for visitors.
National Public Lands Day 2012 was a huge success. It was the largest NPLD in the history of the event with 2,206 sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. NPLD 2012 surpassed the previous record from 2010 by almost 120 sites. This year also had the most state and local participation ever. The day was such an achievement thanks to the support of eight federal agencies, state and local governments, community gardens, schools, our national sponsor, Toyota and contributing sponsor, Northrop Grumman.
The Bureau of Land Mangement is hosting a National Public Lands Day social media meetup on Saturday, Sept. 29. While you're out volunteering, share stories and photos with the BLM. On Twitter, tweet @BLMNational and the hashtag #NPLD. Follow BLM and National Public Lands Day on Facebook and tag postings @BLMNational and @publiclandsday. Tag Tumblr posts with #NPLD and #Bureauoflandmanagement (no spaces). If you have instagram, share your photos with @mypubliclands using the hashtag #NPLD. The BLM will retweet, reblog and like the best throughout the day!
For the fourth year in a row, President Barack Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring the nationwide recognition of National Public Lands Day. In addition, thirty-nine states and 84 cities and counties have produced their own proclamations or letters of support encouraging participation in the annual day of service.
National Public Lands Day is proud to have the support of 35 state park systems throughout the nation. From coast-to-coast, state parks are hosting volunteer events for NPLD, inviting new visitors and volunteers to their parks. Washington State has declared September 29, 2012 as a fee-free day, while the Pennsylvania and Kentucky State Park Systems are continuing their multi-year push to encourage their park units to participate in NPLD.
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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.