Group picture of NPLD volunteers at Rock Creek Park

National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day: Connecting to Nature through Service 

National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. It is also a free entrance day for most national parks, monuments, recreation areas and other participating federal sites.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September to assist with various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more. From trail maintenance to tree planting—volunteers of all ages and abilities roll up their sleeves and work side-by-side to care for public lands. The day also features a variety of hikes, bike rides, community festivals, paddling excursions, and other fun outdoor activities—all set on the backdrop of the country’s public lands and waterways.

America’s public lands aren’t the only ones that benefits from National Public Lands Day. Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to mental and physical well-being. Spending time in the outdoors has been found to improve short-term memory, concentration and creativity—while reducing the effects of stress and anxiety. Volunteering on NPLD is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the many benefits that come from connecting with nature.

This year, NPLD took place on Saturday, September 28. Events will continue to happen over the next few weeks, but take a look below to see the impact of National Public Lands Day 2019! 

Your Impact
San Diego River Mouth volunteers at the 2019 NPLD event

National Public Lands Day 2019 Impact

Over 150,000 volunteers. Over $15 million in volunteer work. Over 2,000 sites.
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Group picture of Kenilworth Volunteers at NPLD 2018

National Public Lands Day 2018 Impact

Over 100,000 volunteers. 450,000 volunteer hours. $11 million value of volunteer work.
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Little Sur Park Rangers

NPLD for Site Managers

This hub serves as a repository for site managers to register, develop, and promote their events, working with NEEF other NPLD partners.
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NPLD volunteers at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

NPLD for Volunteers

This hub serves as a repository for volunteers to find and participate in various NPLD events happening throughout the country.
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NEEF Event Locator Map

Find an Event Near You

Use our interactive map to find an NPLD event near you.
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NPLD for Toyota

NPLD + Toyota

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

Federal and Nonprofit Partners

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

NPLD Corporate Sponsorship

Work with NEEF to engage employees and showcase your company's commitment to public lands and the community.
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Seals at Pier 39 in San Francisco

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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Woodsy Owl and volunteers at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Highlighted Sites Winners

See which sites were chosen as the 2019 Highlighted Sites.
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