National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is around the corner: Saturday, September 27, 2014.
Have you found an NPLD event near you to participate in?
Last year, 139 national park sites held NPLD events, joining more than 2,200 sites across the country to celebrate the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. More than 175,000 volunteers got their hands dirty on the last day of September to clean, restore, and enhance the lands we all share and enjoy.
NPCA has been a long-time supporter of NPLD and will be out again on Saturday. Can you pitch in and join us this weekend on one of these projects?
- Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah: Work with other volunteers to collect seeds for revegetation projects at the park.
- Greenbelt Park, Maryland: Help remove invasive plants and perform other maintenance at this Washington, D.C.-area park.
- Mount Rainier National Park, Washington: Help clean up storm debris, repair trails, and remove invasive plants throughout the park.
- Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona: Help us remove fencing to improve wildlife habitat on the Paulsell Ranch.
- Shenandoah National Park, Virginia: Help remove invasives from the Big Meadows area of the park.
- Yellowstone National Park, Montana: Help remove and rebuild fences in the Paradise Valley area outside the park to expand safe migration routes for the area’s pronghorn population.
The National Environmental Education Foundation, which leads NPLD, also offers a chance to support Public Lands Every Daywith a new website and year-round calendar of events on public lands. If you are not already checking it for opportunities for service, fun, and education, take a peek.
If you are part of a friends group supporting a national park site, check out our grant resources. For example, Every Day Capacity Building Grants provide friends groups with grant funds of up to $5,000 for things like technology, strategic planning, board development, fundraising, and communications in support of their service to public lands.
Remember, NPLD is also a fee-free day at most national parks! Many parks even share coupons with their hard-working volunteers for another free entrance that can be used on a day of their choice. Find a site near you and help out!
About the author
Robb Hampton Public Lands Program Director for National Public Lands Day