Volunteers at a Rock Creek Park NPLD Event

NPLD for Volunteers

Volunteers are key to the success of the National Public Lands Day (NPLD) celebration. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September to complete various service projects designed to improve parks, forests, waterways, community gardens, and other public lands sites across the country.

Fee-Free Entrance Day

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 26, has been designated as a Fee-Free Day by the National Park Service and other participating federal agencies. This means that on National Public Lands Day, the fees to enter any of the National Park System’s 418 parks are waived. This also includes admission into sites managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Department of Defense, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Forest Service.

Connecting to Nature Through Service

Spending time in nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to mental and physical well-being. National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to get outside and care for public lands while meeting new people in your community and sharing memorable experiences with your friends and family.

However, even if you are not able to physically attend an NPLD event, you can still connect to iconic parks, national forests, marine estuaries, and other public lands sites through one-of-a-kind virtual events such as ranger talks, virtual hikes and dives, and online citizen science projects.

Don’t forget to check out the resources for NPLD Volunteers below.

NPLD 2020
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Virtual Volunteer Engagement

NEEF will be engaging our volunteers in unique virtual events that keep the spirit of National Public Lands Day.
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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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Find an Event Near You

Use our interactive map to find virtual and in-person NPLD events near you.
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Share Your Experience

We want to help you spread the word about the good work you’ll be doing at NPLD and invite others to join with these ready-made promotional items.
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NPLD Hubs
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National Public Lands Day

Mark your calendar for NPLD this year: Saturday, September 26, 2020!
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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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The content of this link is provided for information purposes only. NEEF does not accept any liabilities for any loss, damage, cost, or expense you or others might incur as a result of the information, advice, or volunteering opportunities provided on this website.

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