From the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Lakes to the Texas prairies to the Pacific Coast—and at a thousand places in between—volunteers will gather rakes, shovels and trash bags to help improve public lands around the country for the 26th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, September 28. More than 100,000 volunteers are expected to join in trail maintenance projects, park and river clean ups, tree planting activities, invasive species removal projects, as well as hikes and other fun activities throughout the country.
Events will take place in 49 states and will be held in local parks, state parks, battlefield parks and many of the country’s iconic national parks, including Grand Canyon, Everglades, Mt. Rainier, Grand Teton, Zion, Joshua Tree, Shenandoah, Rocky Mountain and Yosemite. The Yosemite event even involves rappelling to remove trash from the edges of El Capitan and Mount Watkins. The day is a fee-free day for all national parks as well as many state and local parks.
Led by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with support from NPLD national corporate sponsor Toyota, seven federal agency partners, hundreds of state and local partners, and dozens of nonprofit organizations, National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. Organizers estimate NPLD volunteers contributed an estimated $11 million worth of services to public lands during last year’s NPLD celebration.
Learn more about National Public Lands Day and check out events happening throughout the country at NEEFUSA.org/NPLD