Blog Post Robb Hampton Sep 24, 2014

National Public Lands Day—Saturday and Every Day

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.

Petrified Forest Public lands day
Last year as part of Public Lands Day, volunteers scouted and marked an old prospector road at Petrified Forest to become a new wilderness trail. camera icon Photo © Kevin Dahl/NPCA

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?

Public lands day at arches
Volunteers remove graffiti at Arches National Park as part of last year’s National Public Lands Day. camera icon Photo © Britte Kirsch/NPCA

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!

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