National Public Lands Day

A Successful 25th Annual National Public Lands Day!

On Saturday, September 22, volunteers pitched in on public lands throughout the country and at sites in all 50 states as part of the 25th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). Organized each year by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), National Public Lands Day promotes the connection between people and the environment by inviting everyone to get outside. With support from NPLD national corporate sponsor Toyota, eight federal agency partners, hundreds of state and local partners, and dozens of nonprofit organizations, National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. 

Every day, natural disasters and extreme weather, human activities, and a host of other factors take their toll on our public lands, threatening the health and wellbeing of the people and wildlife who depend on them. Public land managers, volunteers, and others who steward these special places work tirelessly to restore these areas, make them more resilient to future threats, and ensure that people and wildlife continue to enjoy them for years to come.

This enduring support and commitment to public lands year after year inspired NEEF to focus National Public Lands Day 2018 on resilience and restoration. Our natural resources are resilient, but only if we treat them right and give them the care they need. Through volunteer service on National Public Lands Day as well as grant support to local organizations, NEEF helps ensure people of all ages and abilities connect with public lands for recreation, hands-on learning, and community-building—now and in the future.

Some activities are still going on to celebrate  National Public Lands Day, you can find them on our events calendar.

Mark your calendar for next year: Saturday, September 28, 2019!  

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Group picture of Kenilworth Volunteers at NPLD 2018

National Public Lands Day 2018 Snapshot

Over 100,000 volunteers. 450,000 volunteer hours. $11.2 million value of volunteer work.
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Mount Rushmore

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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Lighthouse at Acadia National Park

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

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