Park Ranger at Coldwater Spring, MN for NPLD

NPLD for Site Managers

National Public Lands Day

Site managers are at the heart of every successful National Public Lands Day (NPLD) event.  They are responsible for hosting NPLD events and overseeing everything from event planning and execution to post-event wrap-up.

The National Environmental Education Foundation is here to support new and returning NPLD Site Managers. The COVID-19 pandemic has has upended many aspects of daily life in this country, and NPLD is no exception. While public land sites will still be able to register in-person events in accordance with CDC guidelines and local regulations, we are expanding NPLD to include and support virtual events to engage volunteers and connect people to public lands from the safety and comfort of their homes. Below you will find resources designed to help NPLD Site Managers register, plan, and promote their events.

Thanks for your interest in serving as a NPLD Site Manager!

Circle Saturday, September 26, on your calendar and let’s get going!


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The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way Americans are able to engage with public lands. From iconic national parks to local urban green spaces, the threat of COVID-19 has made it extremely difficult - if not impossible - for many land managers to host large in-person events on public lands. This has significantly impacted nationally recognized service events such as National Public Lands Day (NPLD).

The 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. In 2019, over 2,000 public lands sites across the US hosted NPLD events, and together they engaged more than 150,000 volunteers in hands-on conservation activities.

This year, National Public Lands Day will look a little different. While public land sites will still be able to register in-person events in accordance with local regulations, NEEF’s focus will be on supporting virtual events designed to engage volunteers and connect people to public lands from the safety and comfort of their homes. This flexibility in events will help us reach our goal of providing More Ways to Connect to Nature.

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Our Virtual Signature Event

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

Check out the highlighted National Public Lands Day virtual events that were supported by NEEF and Toyota.
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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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NEEF Event Locator Map

Find Your Event

Use our interactive map to find your registered NPLD event.
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Resources & Information
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NPLD Site Managers Manual

This manual supports new and returning site managers in planning and executing a successful in-person NPLD event.
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Group picture of the volunteers at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens NPLD Event in 2016

Site Manager Promotional Toolkit

Check out our collection of promotional content including photos, badges, graphics, and more!
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National Public Lands Day

Mark your calendar for NPLD: Saturday, September 25, 2021!
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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