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National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day is September 25, 2021!

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. NPLD is also a “Fee-Free Day”—entrance fees are waived at national parks and other public lands.

For NPLD 2021, we'll maintain and build on the theme of "More Ways to Connect to Nature." While virtual events were a necessity for many NPLD Site Managers last year, they have also proven to be an invaluable tool for connecting a wider, more diverse range of people to iconic parks, national forests, marine estuaries, and other public lands sites. This year, our goal is to highlight that diversity—in public lands, people, and the ways in which we value and care for these spaces—by supporting in-person, virtual, and hybrid NPLD events.  

NPLD is special because it provides all lovers of the environment—old and new—an opportunity to show our appreciation for these precious natural resources through trail restoration, park clean-ups, and other events that teach us about the environment.  

Event registration is open! Check out the information below to help you plan and promote your NPLD event. Stay connected to a community of NPLD participants and keep up to date with the latest news - join our NPLD Facebook Group.

NEEF's Virtual NPLD Kickoff Video with guests from Corazón Latino, Rock Creek Conservancy, US Forest Service, and National Park Service will air live on Facebook, September 25 at 10 am ET. Join us and use the video to help kick off your own NPLD event. Watch here.

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Use our interactive map to find virtual and in-person NPLD events near you.
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NPLD 2021 Highlighted Site Sponsorship Winners

Learn more about our highlighted site winners and join their events.
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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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Nature for All: Webinar series

Join our webinar series focused on engaging underrepresented communities in your 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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Día Nacional de Tierras Públicas

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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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NPLD Impact
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National Public Lands Day 2020 Impact

NPLD looked a little different last year with innovative virtual events. Check out our impact.
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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, Nonprofit, and Other Partners

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