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There are many volunteer opportunities across the country for people of all ages to help take care of our public lands.

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News Release Date: September 16, 2016

Contact: Kathy Kupper, 202-208-6843

Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 24 with Free Admission and Special Events

WASHINGTON – On September 24, be a part of the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Throughout the country, about 200,000 people will participate in 2,500 National Public Lands Day events. As part of the celebration, national parks will waive entrance fees and host projects and programs that promote environmental stewardship.

"Whether a neighborhood park or a national park, public lands belong to all of us," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "They might vary in shape and size but they all exist for all of us. Join us on National Public Lands Day and help ensure that these special places can continue to be used for recreation and inspiration."

All 413 National Park Service sites will have free entrance on National Public Lands Day. Those who volunteer for a service project will receive a voucher that permits them into a national park for free on a different day.

Dozens of National Park Service sites will host events. Take part in spring cleaning in Yosemite National Park, repair a horse trail in Catoctin Mountain Park, preserve earthworks at Richmond National Battlefield Park, or restore the tall grass prairie at Pipestone National Monument.

Following are some of the National Park Service sites hosting National Public Lands Day events:














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National Public Lands Day is sponsored by the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation. Visit for more information and a list of project sites.

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Last updated: September 16, 2016