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NPLD 2020: Highlighted Virtual Site Sponsorship

With generous support from Toyota Motor North America, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) supported innovative virtual events during this year’s National Public Lands Day celebration as part of our "More Ways to Connect to Nature" campaign. Check out a few today and all week!

Events are listed in chronological order.

Become a Nauticus Naturalist!

Elizabeth River Trail and Nauticus featuring the Battleship Wisconsin, Norfolk, Virginia
The Snails and Scales on the Trail, become a Nauticus Naturalist! virtual event will be a Curious Kids STEM-ulating activity to show kids what grows on the bottom of our Battleship Wisconsin and teach them about Micro and Macro organisms. This live program will have an interactive and hands on STEAM activity that families can do at home.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 – 08:00 - 17:00


Trees for Honolulu’s Future 

Honolulu, Hawaii 
“Mālama Our Parks,” presented by Trees for Honolulu’s Future, will highlight the history, native plants, trees, and vistas of several public parks in and around Honolulu, Hawaii. This public event, live-streamed via Zoom, will showcase seven different parks in the Kaimukī neighborhood of Honolulu, including an overview of native trees and plants, the area’s cultural and historical significance, and available volunteer opportunities at each park.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 09:00 to 10:00


Sustain Music & Nature 

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado 
Sustain Music & Nature, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating partnerships between the music industry and environmental organizations, is hosting a free, family-friendly concert as part of their Colorado Sagebrush Sessions series. Local Colorado bands Kiltro (hip hop) and Rolos Rios (Latin folk pop) will perform against the picturesque backdrop of Roosevelt National Forest.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 09:00 to 10:45


Potomac Cleanup

Piscataway Park, Maryland
The Alice Ferguson Foundation will broadcast their annual Potomac Cleanup event online with a series of live videos and updates of staff cleaning the Potomac River shoreline in Piscataway Park. They invite volunteers from around the Potomac River Watershed to participate and share their own cleanup efforts as well. They will also run two free online community workshops: “District Adopt-A-Stream Workshop” and “How to Safely Organize a Cleanup.”
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 09:00 to 12:00


Artist in Residence at Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, Montana 
NPS will share two videos, one by each of Glacier National Park’s 2020 Artists-in-Residence (AiR). These presentations will be pre-recorded, captioned and include audio descriptions. Composer and percussionist Ben Justis used audio recordings of ambient soundscapes and anthropogenic noise to inspire a piece that aims to sonically represent the retreat of the area's once-mighty glaciers. Artist Ann Mansolino created images and text that reflect upon the features of the land, the need for preservation and conservation, and relevance of glaciated landscapes to our internal experiences of being human in the world.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 09:00 to 09:30 - Ben Justis
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 10:00 to 10:30 - Alice Mansolino


Friends of Ironwood Forest 

Ironwood Forest National Monument, Tucson, Arizona
Take a behind the scenes look at restoration work happening at key restoration sites in Ironweed Forest National Monument. Possessing one of the richest stands of ironwood in the Sonoran Desert, the monument also encompasses several desert mountain ranges including the Silver Bell, Waterman, and Sawtooth, with desert valleys in between as well as cultural and historical sites covering a 5,000-year period. The event will include a 360-degree virtual walkthrough of each site, videos of restoration activities, tours of the sites, location maps, and interviews with experts. 
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 09:00 to 10:00


Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, South Valley, New Mexico
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is the first Urban National Wildlife Refuge in the Southwest, located in the Middle Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico, just a few miles from downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city. Learn about the Valle de Oro National Wildlife refuge on a virtual hayride tour where you'll see the new construction and restoration on refuge and see examples of artwork by local artists along with artist statements. Local families can sign up for an art contest.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 09:00 to 17:00


Love A Sea Turtle

River Park North, Greenville, North Carolina
Join local students as they explore the City of Greenville River Park North, an approximately 450-acre park with a major river, 5 lakes and ponds, grasslands, woodlands and a mature cypress swamp.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 10:00 to 14:00


Visit the Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho 
The Sawtooth National Recreation Area has one of the longest salmon migration patterns in North America, at the highest altitude and the most southern latitude in the world. This virtual event will give general recreation and private lands info and why the recreation area was established, various fish and wildlife that live in the recreation area, and what makes it a special place to protect and conserve for future generations. 
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 13:00 to 14:00 


Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Los Fresnos, Texas
Join a virtual wildlife watercolor class! Participants of all ages will learn about basic watercolor techniques, while receiving important information about species and habitats at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Register to receive a watercolor techniques worksheet via email and be entered into a free raffle for a unique National Public Lands Day tote bag.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30


Snake River Birds of Prey Event 

Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, Murphy, Idaho 
The Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) and Golden Eagle Audubon Society (GEAS) are partnering together to deliver an exciting virtual NPLD event. The deep canyon of the Snake River, with its crags and crevices and thermal updrafts, is home to the greatest concentration of nesting raptors in North America – and perhaps, the world. People living in areas near the NCA can request, "Birding Discovery Kits" and pick them up at their local library. For those outside the area, a specialist will lead a virtual tour of the NCA, including a talk with a raptor ambassador who will show a live hawk and owl. 
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00


Port of Houston TREES Program 

Lower Buffalo Bayou, Lower Brays Bayou, and Port of Houston, Texas 
The event will showcase video footage of the Port of Houston Trees & Riparian Enhancement of Ecosystem Services (TREES) Program’s work on large-scale tree plantings along Lower Buffalo Bayou, Lower Brays Bayou and 25 miles of the Houston Ship Channel, targeting native tree species that are ranked in priority based on their respective levels of air pollution absorption (including CO2, GHGs and PM) as well as water absorption and erosion control.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 16:00 to 16:15


GARNA Public Lands Volunteer Awards

Upper Arkansas Valley of Colorado 
For National Public Lands Day, GARNA will host “Take a Hike with GARNA in Celebration of National Public Lands Day” – A two week community engagement campaign culminating in a virtual volunteer appreciation event on September 26, celebrating local heroes who have made a positive impact on our public lands in the Upper Arkansas River Valley.  Publicity leading up to the event will educational components for the public on how to recreate responsibly, Leave No Trace training for local businesses and tourism-related organizations (visitor's bureaus and chamber of commerces), plus information on how to get involved in local environmental efforts, and tips on how to create a meaningful and fun experience while hiking in our public lands. 
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00

Save the Dunes 

Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton, Indiana 
The 2020 Save the Dunes’ Dunes Dash – a virtual 5K run/walk to support and bring awareness to the Indiana dunes, will take place September 19 – 26. This virtual 5K is a great way to give back to the Indiana Dunes National Park while social distancing and enjoying a 5K course of your choosing on one of your favorite trails. Those interested in participating in the 2020 Dunes Dash in celebration of NPLD are encouraged to register at 
Saturday, September 26, 2020 all day
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 16:00 to 16:15


Grand Staircase Escalante Partners 

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Kanab, Utah  
Join the citizen science movement with the Grand Staircase Escalante Partners! This virtual volunteer training will walk you through repeat photo point monitoring, which is an easy and inexpensive method for tracking changes and impacts to vegetation in an ecosystem or a cultural resource site on public lands. 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 18:30 to 19:30


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