National Public Lands Day

Volunteers planting and digging

NPS / Neal Herbert

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.

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

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.

National Public Lands Day infographic

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Volunteer your time at one of the event listed below. To see what's available, select the month of September on the calendar.

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Title : “HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY?”

Top of chart begins with: “START” to “ARE YOU OUTDOORSY?”
  1. If “YES”, then “ADVENTUROUS?”
    1. If “YES”, then “WHICH IS MORE REWARDING FOR YOU?”
      1. If “SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS”, then “VISIT A NATIONAL PARK FOR FREE”
      2. If “GIVING BACK”, then “VOLUNTEER ON NPLD SERVICE PROJECT & RECEIVE A FREE NATIONAL PARK ONE DAY PASS”
      3. If “BOTH”, then “HOW OFTEN DO YOU GO ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES?”
        1. If “EVERYDAY”, then “SHARE YOUR FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA #NPLD"
        2. If “NOT VERY OFTEN”, then ““VOLUNTEER ON NPLD SERVICE PROJECT & RECEIVE A FREE NATIONAL PARK ONE DAY PASS”
    2. If “NO”, then “DO YOU LIKE HANDS ON PROJECTS?”
      1. If “LOVE THEM”, then ‘ANY PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND”
        1. If “NOPE”, then “VOLUNTEER ON NPLD SERVICE PROJECT & RECEIVE A FREE NATIONAL PARK ONE DAY PASS”
        2. If “YUP”, then “SHARE YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY TO DO AT A NATIONAL PARK ON SOCIAL MEDIA #NPLD”
      2. If “NOT REALLY”, then “WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU WENT OUTSIDE?”
        1. If “I CAN’T REMEMBER”, then “TIME TO VISIT A NATIONAL PARK FOR FREE”
        2. If “EARLIER TODAY”, then “SHARE YOUR FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA #NPLD”
  2. If “SORT OF”, then “DO YOU LIKE HANDS ON PROJECTS?”
    1. If “NO”, then “DO YOU LIKE HANDS ON PROJECTS?”
      1. If “LOVE THEM”, then ‘ANY PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND”
        1. If “NOPE”, THEN “VOLUNTEER ON NPLD SERVICE PROJECT & RECEIVE A FREE NATIONAL PARK ONE DAY PASS”
        2. If “YUP”, then “SHARE YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY TO DO AT A NATIONAL PARK ON SOCIAL MEDIA #NPLD”
      2. If “NOT REALLY”, then “WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU WENT OUTSIDE?”
        1. If “I CAN’T REMEMBER”, then “TIME TO VISIT A NATIONAL PARK FOR FREE”
        2. If “EARLIER TODAY”, then “SHARE YOUR FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA #NPLD”
  3. If “NO”, then “WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU WENT OUTSIDE?”
    1. If “I CAN’T REMEMBER”, then “TIME TO VISIT A NATIONAL PARK FOR FREE”
    2. If “EARLIER TODAY”, then “SHARE YOUR FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA #NPLD”

Last updated: August 13, 2019