National Public Lands Day

Thank you for Joining Us on National Public Lands Day!

Watch our exciting Virtual Signature Event!
Visit the sites mentioned during the event here.
Looking for other events? Use our NPLD Event Locator.

NEEF's National Public Lands Day 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.

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended many aspects of daily life in this country, and our public lands are no exception. Due to social distancing requirements remaining in place for the foreseeable future, many public lands sites will be unable to host large, in-person NPLD events. With this in mind, we expanded the available options for volunteers during this year’s NPLD!

Virtual and In-Person Events for NPLD 2020

The theme for NPLD 2020 is "More Ways to Connect to Nature." In addition to our standard NPLD programming, this year's celebration includes virtual events designed to connect the public to iconic parks, national forests, marine estuaries, and other public lands sites. These online events serve as an alternative for NPLD site managers who are uncomfortable with or are not allowed to host in-person events due to local regulations. 

This does not mean we have abandoned in-person events. However, we require all sites hosting in-person events to follow all CDC guidelines and local regulations to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This includes setting up sanitizing stations, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, mandating proper mask usage and social distancing, and encouraging volunteers to stay home if they feel sick. 

Remember to have fun, be safe, and spread the word of NPLD to your friends, family, and other fans of America’s public lands! 

Celebrate NPLD 2020
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Our Impact

NPLD looked a little different this year introducing innovative virtual events. Check out our impact.
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Our Virtual Signature Event

Watch our Virtual Signature Event where we kicked off another successful NPLD!
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Our Highlighted Virtual NPLD Events

Participate in highlighted National Public Lands Day virtual events, supported by NEEF and Toyota.
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NEEF Event Locator Map

Find an Event Near You

Use our interactive map to find virtual and in-person NPLD events near you.
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NPLD for Site Managers

This hub serves as a repository for site managers to register, develop, and promote their volunteer events with NEEF and other NPLD partners.
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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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Share Your Experience

We want to help you spread the word about the good work you’ll be doing at NPLD and invite others to join with these ready-made promotional items.
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Virtual NPLD
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Virtual Volunteer Engagement

NEEF will be engaging our volunteers in unique virtual events that keep the spirit of National Public Lands Day.
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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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Examples of Virtual NPLD Events

The beauty of a virtual National Public Lands Day event is they can take on any form. Check out these examples.
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National Public Lands Day 2019 Impact

Over 150,000 volunteers. Over $15 million in volunteer work. Over 2,000 sites.
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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 + 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 and Nonprofit 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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