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How does National Public Lands Day helps state park systems?
National Public Lands Day serves as a catalyst to jump start volunteer participation year-round, as individuals
Any project that benefits a public land can be registered as an NPLD project. The majority of projects are focused on habitat restoration, such as tree plantings, trash or invasive plant removal, bird or bat house construction, trail maintenance, fence removal and gardening. Historic sites typically host beautification projects including trash pick-ups, painting, sculpture renovation and other needed projects.
Some public lands host events that highlight unique features on that public land. Often these events are focused on a recreational or educational activity. Examples include hikes, talks on public land issues, fishing derbys, festivals, classes on water quality testing and geocaching programs.
NPLD’s 20th Anniversary national day of service on public lands occurred on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
National Public Lands Day is proud to have the support of state parks throughout the nation. From coast-to-coast, more than 400 state park sites celebrated the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day. Washington State declared September 28, 2013 as a fee-free day, while the Florida, Montana and Tennessee State Park Systems continued multi-year efforts to encourage their park units to participate in NPLD.
Across the nation, local cities and towns will be participating in NPLD 2013. These local areas will celebrate public lands by hosting all different types of events, such as clean up projects, educational hikes or citizen science activities.
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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.