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NPLD 2020: Highlighted Virtual Site Sponsorship


With generous support from Toyota Motor North America, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is providing up to $1,000 in funding to support innovative virtual events during this year’s National Public Lands Day celebration. Sponsorship funds can be used to support staff time, technology, or any other supplies/materials you need for your virtual NPLD event. A total of 50 virtual events will be selected to receive funding through a competitive process. 

Applications for 2020 NPLD Highlights Sites are due by midnight (EDT) Friday, August 28, 2020.

Learn more about virtual volunteer engagement.
Examples of innovative virtual events on Public Lands.


National Public Lands Day 2020

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 National Public Lands Day (NPLD) events. With this in mind, we are excited to announce we will be including options for virtual volunteer engagement during this year’s National Public Lands Day celebration.

NPLD 2020 will include virtual events designed to connect the public to iconic parks, national forests, marine estuaries, and other public lands sites. These online events will 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.


Highlighted Virtual Event Criteria

  • Virtual events must take place on National Public Lands Day—Saturday, September 26th, 2020.
  • Virtual events should highlight a specific federal, state, or local public lands site. This will ensure that the event appears on the NPLD event map.
  • Virtual events must have defined start and end time.
  • Virtual events should be hosted by an NPLD Virtual Event Manager (park professionals, rangers, friends groups, local non-profits, etc.)



  • Open to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, state or federal government agencies, local governments, Indigenous communities, and educational institutions.
  • Ineligible applicants include private for-profit firms and individuals.
  • Sponsorship funding may not be used to support political advocacy and/or fundraising activities.


Apply Now!



Applications for 2020 NPLD Highlights Sites are due by midnight (EDT) Friday, August 28th, 2020. It is anticipated that applicants will be notified whether they were selected in late August and funds will be awarded in early September.



For questions or issues with the application, please contact Tony Richardson, Program Director for Public Lands Engagement, at

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