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National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day was September 24, 2022!

NEEF's National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this celebration brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country. NPLD is also a “Fee-Free Day”—one of only five days a year when entrance fees are waived at national parks and other public lands.

This year, the theme for NPLD was Giving Back Together. And that is exactly what we did - over 50,000 volunteers joined us Saturday, September 24, 2022, as we celebrated the 29th annual National Public Lands Day. But the celebration is not over! There are still NPLD events happening in the upcoming weeks, make sure to check our map to find them.

Be Counted!

NPLD makes a big impact on our public lands, so make sure your NPLD event is included in the overall impact results.

If you were a site manager or responsible for an NPLD event, please fill out our after-event survey. It takes less than 5 minutes and helps us compile conservation data about your event to include in the overall impact report. Please make sure to fill it out!

The survey is available in two formats, please use the one that you prefer:

L to R: Charles Sams III, Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed, Denise Hinton, Meri-Margaret Deoudes

NPLD 2022

On September 24, 2022, over 50,000 volunteers participated in community events to help restore and improve public lands across the country for NPLD.
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NPLD Event Planning Resources
NEEF Event Locator Map

Find Your Event

Use our interactive map to find your registered NPLD event.
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Park Ranger at Coldwater Spring, MN for NPLD

Register your NPLD Event

Here's where to register your NPLD event and find resources to develop and promote it.
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Group picture of the volunteers at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens NPLD Event in 2016

Site Manager Promotional Toolkit

Check out our collection of promotional content including photos, badges, graphics, and more!
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Graphic: NPLD Webinar Series - skill building for site managers; NEEF National Public Lands Day Logo

Skill Building Webinar Series

Learn how to plan, produce, and promote a memorable NPLD event.
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Arches National Park in Utah

Día Nacional de Tierras Públicas

Marque su calendario para NPLD este año: ¡sábado 24 de septiembre de 2022!
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion on NPLD
Nature for all webinar series, engaging underrepresented communities in the outdoors

Nature for All Webinars - Engaging underrepresented communities

Watch our webinar series focused on engaging underrepresented communities in your NPLD event.
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A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgment

A Guide To Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories that erase Indigenous people’s culture.
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Make an Impact with NPLD

NEEF's annual National Public Lands Day celebration is the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September to assist land managers with environmental projects designed to enhance and restore national parks, forests, recreation areas, wildlife refuges, and other public lands and waters.

On behalf of our federal, state, and local partners, we would like to thank everyone who donated their time to improving public lands at an NPLD event. Through your hard work, you have helped preserve public lands for future generations to enjoy. View the yearly impacts of 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Volunteer Information
Volunteers at a Rock Creek Park NPLD Event

NPLD for Volunteers

Here you can find information on how to volunteer at various NPLD events happening throughout the country and online.
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Get Inspired by our past NPLD events
NPLD highlighted site volunteers pose for a group picture

NPLD 2021 Highlighted Sites' Stories

Read how our highlighted sites build community with conservation.
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Girl scouts at the NPLD event at Rock Creek Park

National Public Lands Day FAQ

Want to learn more about National Public Lands Day? This FAQ section has all the answers!
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Meet our Partners
NPLD for Toyota

NPLD + Toyota

Since 1999, Toyota Motor North America has been the national corporate sponsor of NEEF's National Public Lands Day.
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Lincoln Memorial, National Mall

Federal, Nonprofit, and Other Partners

Our partners share our dedication to enjoying and caring for America's public lands.
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Bridge at Big Sur

Support NPLD

Work with NEEF to showcase your organization's commitment to caring for public lands, engaging your employees, and connecting to your community.
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