Volunteers can 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. Events are in 49 states in local parks, state parks, battlefield parks and many 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.
Among NPLD events, NEEF is partnering with the National Park Service, Rock Creek Conservancy and Toyota to host an event at Rock Creek National Park—one of the country’s oldest national parks and largest urban parks. At the event, Toyota will announce a $225,000 grant to restore biodiversity and protect critical habitats by managing invasive species across the National Capital Region, encompassing parts of Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The project is being implemented by the Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM).
A sample of events across the country include:
Participating federal sites reward volunteers with a coupon good for another free entry to any public land managed by one of the NPLD federal partners any time before National Public Lands Day 2020. With a thousand activities planned for the day, there are ample opportunities to join the celebration and make plans to spend the day volunteering on public lands. NEEF’s interactive map allows users to enter their zip code to find events close to home—or wherever they happen to be on National Public Lands Day. More events will be added to the map throughout the month. Learn more about National Public Lands Day and check out events happening throughout the country at NEEFUSA.org/NPLD