National Public Lands Day

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Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and general health. This year’s event, on September 22, 2018, will focus on restoration and resilience of our public lands.

This year is the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day as well as the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System and National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. It’s a big year for our public lands!

There are many ways to participate in National Public Lands Day.

  • You can visit a national park for free.
  • You can take part in a volunteer work project.If you volunteer on this day, you will receive a fee-free day coupon to be used on a future date.
  • You can share your favorite outdoor activity on social media channel with the hashtag #NPSVolunteer, #FindYourPark and #NPLD!

National Public Lands Day is organized annually by the National Environmental Education Foundation, in cooperation with Department of the Interior, Department of the Army, and Department of Agriculture. The National Park Service is one of the event’s largest providers of sites and volunteers. Other participating federal agencies include the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, US Forest Service, and US Army Corps of Engineers.

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  • Stones River National Battlefield

    Squad Boss Training - National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 15, 2018

    Volunteers will learn how to lead other volunteers in invasive plant removal for our National Public Lands Day event on September 29th.

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    • Location: Maintenance Area
  • Stones River National Battlefield

    Squad Boss Training - National Public Lands Day

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Volunteers will learn how to lead other volunteers in invasive plant removal for our National Public Lands Day event on September 29th.

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    • Location: Maintenance Area
  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    BioBlitz

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Bio Blitz for National Public Lands Day at Minute Man National Historical Park

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    • Location: North Bridge Visitor Center, 174 Liberty St, Concord MA
    • Fees: Free
  • Niobrara National Scenic River

    Bird Program

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Celebrate a bird-themed morning on September 22, 2018. 8:00 a.m., guided bird hike 9:00, clean and rehabilitate bluebird boxes 10:00, we hope to have a researcher from UNL who will speak on raptors 11:00, we hope to have a rehabilitator with live raptors

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    • Location: Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge
    • Fees: free
  • Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Event brings volunteers to the park to help maintain roads, trails and structures.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Location: Prince William Forest Park
    • Fees: Entrance Fee waived for the day
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park

    Fall Family Fun Day

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Celebrate National Public Lands Day with special family activities at Glenmont, the home and estate of Thomas and Mina Edison in Llewellyn Park between 11am and 3pm.

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    • Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Glenmont, Home of Thomas Edison
    • Fees: No Fee
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

    Fee Free Day - National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    September 22: National Public Lands Day The National Park Service announces that the public will be invited to experience all national parks, including Guadalupe Mountains National Park, without entrance fees, on four days in 2018.

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    • Location: Guadalupe Mountains National Park
    • Fees: FEE FREE
  • Petrified Forest National Park

    Fee Free Day for Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Celebrate Public Lands Day with free entry into Petrified Forest National Park (and all other National Parks throughout the country).

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    • Location: All national park sites
    • Fees: Free
  • Saturday, September 22, 2018

    The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to Arches National Park for four days in 2018 to encourage people to get outdoors and spend time with their friends and family in the national parks this year.

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    • Location: Arches National Park
    • Fees: Free
  • Canyonlands National Park

    Fee-Free Day: National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    For four days in 2018 the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to Canyonlands National Park to encourage people to get outdoors and spend time with their friends and family.

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    • Location: Canyonlands National Park
    • Fees: Free
  • Natural Bridges National Monument

    Fee-Free Day: National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    For four days in 2018 the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to Natural Bridges National Monument to encourage people to get outdoors and spend time with their friends and family.

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    • Location: Natural Bridges National Monument
    • Fees: Free
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Help Restore our beaches on National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone on National Public Lands Day. Celebrate the day volunteering at one of our work projects.

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    • Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Wahweap Swim Beach OR Bullfrog covered slips
    • Fees: FREE
  • Arches National Park

    Mill Creek Pathway Clean Up

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Celebrate National Public Lands Day by volunteering to clean up a popular multi-use pathway through downtown Moab, UT.

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    • Time: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Mill Creek Pathway, Moab UT
    • Fees: free
  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

    National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Sign-up begins at 9 am at the Brown’s Ferry Federal Road Trailhead.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Location: Moccasin Bend National Archeological District (707 Moccasin Bend Road, Chattanooga, TN)
    • Fees: Free
  • Chickasaw National Recreation Area

    National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Join Rangers for volunteer projects to keep your park beautiful!

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Travertine Nature Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

    National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Lend a hand restoring our national park in beautiful Spring Lake Park Reserve!

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Spring Lake Park Reserve, 8500 127th Street East, Hastings, MN 55033
    • Fees: Free
  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

    National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Join the National Park Service for a service work day at Rancho de las Cabras in Floresville, as part of National Public Lands Day!

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Location: Rancho de las Cabras: 375 County Road 144, Floresville, TX 78114
    • Fees: Free
  • Point Reyes National Seashore

    National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Join park staff for National Public Lands Day and help remove invasive plants that are threatening a thriving patch of endangered Tidestrom's lupine and than spend about 30–45 minutes doing yoga on the beach with a certified yoga instructor.

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    • Time: 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Bear Valley Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
  • Greenbelt Park

    National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Greenbelt Park on Saturday September 22, 2018 from 8:45 a.m. to 12 Noon.

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    • Time: 8:45 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Sweetgum Picnic Area
  • Scotts Bluff National Monument

    National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Helping Hands for America's Lands

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    • Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Scotts Bluff National Monument
    • Fees: Free
  • George Washington Carver National Monument

    National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Special Event: National Public Lands Day

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Visitor Center
    • Fees: FREE
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