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National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day is 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 is Giving Back Together. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, America's public lands acted as a safe haven for recreation, conversation, and the simple enjoyment of being outside the confines of our homes. In a time of disconnectedness and uncertainty, the outdoors brought people together and deepened our appreciation for the important role these spaces play in our lives. Now it's time for us to return the favor.

Join us on Saturday, September 24, 2022, as we celebrate the 29th annual National Public Lands Day and renew our commitment to securing a safer and healthier world for ourselves, our children, and generations to come. On this page, you'll find resources for registering an NPLD event, tips for hosting an in-person or virtual event, a map for locating NPLD events near you, and so much more. 

Start making your NPLD plans now and we'll see you on September 24!

PLEASE NOTE:  For federal site managers requesting fee-free coupons, the deadline is August 5, 2022

NPLD Event Planning Resources
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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NEEF Event Locator Map

Find Your Event

Use our interactive map to find your registered NPLD event.
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Skill Building Webinar Series

Learn how to plan, produce, and promote a memorable NPLD event.
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Setting Up a Virtual Event

The whats, whys, and hows on putting on a one-of-a-kind virtual National Public Lands Day.
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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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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
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NPLD 2021 Highlighted Sites' Stories

Read how our highlighted sites build community with conservation.
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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, 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.

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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Federal, Nonprofit, and Other Partners

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