NPLD Site Manager Manual: Wrap-Up

Post NPLD Event Activities

There are three major post-event activities: following up with partners, thanking volunteers, and submitting an NPLD post-event survey to NEEF. This section will walk you through each of these activities.

Thanking Volunteers and Partners

However hectic an event, always reconnect with your leaders at the end of the day to address any issues, emphasize successes, and thank them for their work. Be aware that the perspective of the day from different locations is not always the same. Leaders in one group may be unaware of special visits, work accomplishments, or critical learning experiences that took place in other groups. One leader may feel that the project was a disappointment due to an isolated incident, while another leader may feel that the event was a complete success. Bring the day’s events together in a quick debriefing and make sure all your leaders leave the worksite putting any negatives into appropriate perspective and feeling proud of the day’s accomplishments.

Your agency, nonprofit, or corporate event partners are the first ones who should hear from you after the event. Even if you offered in-person acknowledgments during the event, be sure to send a quick email to key partner contacts that evening or (at the latest) the next business day, restating your appreciation for their involvement. If you have not already gathered the outcome data at the event, ask host partners for their best estimate of outcomes— square feet of invasive plants removed, pounds of litter collected, etc.

After the first quick thank-you, send another follow-up once you have links to share to the event photo album, blog post, or media coverage. Always offer to share full-resolution photos with the partner through Dropbox or some other means. Partners are ALWAYS looking for good photos and providing the files promptly goes a long way toward encouraging partners to pursue future NPLD events. Partners can be encouraged to use NPLD photos on their websites or in other promotional materials, as long as such images are attributed.

Providing volunteers with breakfast before the event and a lunch or snack after the event is a great way to show your appreciation for all their time and effort. You can also print out these certificates to pass out after the event as a reward for a job well done.

NPLD Post-Event Survey

The National Environmental Education Foundation needs to hear from you! Your feedback allows us to log your event outcomes and incorporate your successes into the broader story of national service during the annual NPLD celebration. After your event, please take a few minutes to complete the NPLD Post-Event Survey.

The photos of your event are also essential! They tell the full story of the day and NEEF includes them in the NPLD final report, and for future event promotion. Don’t worry about editing or culling the best photos, sharing too much is always better than sharing too little!

When you share outcomes promptly with NEEF, we post galleries and photo albums, collect any media links, and include your event in blog coverage highlighting the impacts and successes of National Public Lands Day.