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National Public Lands Day

Every Fourth Saturday in September
Across the U.S.

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

This fee-free day in many federally managed lands encourages visitors to volunteer or enjoy hiking, exploring, fishing, or camping on their favorite public lands. Volunteers give back by repairing trails, collecting trash, or by performing other maintenance needed around the parks.

Our public lands offer outdoor and open spaces for us to explore all year long. Every season, they provide a beautiful bounty of wildlife and nature to explore. We hike the trails, camp, and picnic with family and friends.

It’s important to keep these lands pristine for generations to come. Whether you prefer the beach or the mountains, each of us can take time out to volunteer to maintain these lands.

How to participate in Public Lands Day: Research a local public land or park at and sign up to volunteer.

Please use #NPLD or #PublicLandsDay to post on social media.


National Public Lands Day began in 1994 and keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the “tree army” that worked from 1933-1942 to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage.