Friday, September 4, 2015

Helping Hands for America’s Lands

Volunteer on National Public Lands Day, and make a weekend of it!

NPLDOver two decades of everyone pitching in has helped the public lands become what they are today. (Valerie Mavis)

What You’ll Find

The nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands is National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on the last Saturday of September. Volunteers get out and give back to our public spaces by beautifying parks, removing debris from rivers, monitoring water quality, hiking along nature trails and more. To find out what is happening in your area, or to register a site, visit the NPLD website.

Getting There

Occurring 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. Events are hosted by local, state and federal agencies and their partners, including friends groups and nonprofit organizations dedicated to preserving a designated public lands site. Find a NPLD site near you.

Stay Here

Include the whole family in a volunteer event and then make a weekend of it! Make reservations to camp at or near your NPLD site! Search for advance campground reservations.

Make Sure You

Volunteer and take advantage of fee-free days. Many federal and non-federal public lands offer free entrance to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Learn more about the fee-free days on federal lands.

Don’t Forget

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!

Get Started

Find a site with activities that are fun for friends and family of all ages. If you’d like to organize your own event, consider contacting a local public land agency or connecting with a friends group.  
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