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Helping Hands for America's Lands

By The National Environmental Education Foundation

Volunteer Your Time on National Public Lands Day

Volunteers making their way to their project. (Photo courtesy of NEEF)
Volunteers making their way to their project. (Photo courtesy of NEEF)

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Join the 25th Anniversary Celebration of National Public Lands Day

Each year on the third Saturday of September, hundreds of thousands of people at sites throughout the country take part in National Public Lands Day (NPLD), sponsored by national corporate sponsor Toyota. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) uses the day to connect people to public lands and their communities, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation, and general health. Lend a hand and have fun at the same time by bringing your family, friends, classmates, students, or coworkers of all ages and abilities to spend the day outdoors celebrating public lands. Your work will help ensure our public lands continue to be beautiful places for all to enjoy.

Many People Can Accomplish Much Work

The National Environmental Education Foundation organizes and supports NPLD each year, and according to their records, about 169,000 volunteers worked in more than 2,100 sites, and accomplished 680,000 hours of work, which is worth about $16.7 million worth of volunteer hours in 2017

"I am more aware of the natural habitat that surrounds my house because of the observations made by park rangers as we walked to and from our work site. It has made me keenly aware of the small creatures and plants that add to our ecosystem and what I need to do to protect them or not adversely affect them." NPLD Volunteer

Find a Volunteering Event Near You

Located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, NPLD sites include community gardens, schools, refuges, recreation areas, rivers and many more. Volunteer events are hosted by local, state and federal agencies and their partners, including friends groups and non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving public lands.

Safety First

Be safe while you lend a hand. Dress for current and expected weather, which can change quickly. Drink plenty of liquids and eat nutritious foods. Listen and heed the safety briefings related to your specific project. Thank you for giving back to the land!

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National Public Lands Day 2017

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  • The largest single day volunteer event in the country
  • Fee-free day for entrance fees at most public land destinations

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  • Near cities and communities throughout the U.S.A.

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