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Established in 1994, National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single day volunteer effort. The goal is to celebrate the connection between people and the green spaces in their communities. Each year, it inspires thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country. This year, NPLD falls on September 25. It’s also a “Fee-Free Day” meaning entrance fees are waived at national parks and other public lands. So, round up the family and get outside!
Our public lands and parks offer a unique opportunity to discover the joy of nature, no matter what season it is. Even if you don’t live near a national park, we encourage you to connect with nature at any park, trail, or outdoor space in your community. You can hike, camp, explore, or even enjoy a picnic with family or friends. It’s also important to keep these open spaces pristine for generations to come. Here are a few ways you can remain mindful of that mission:
Above all else, honor the parks by visiting! Fresh air is a wonderful thing. Have fun, enjoy being outdoors, and document your journey. Use the hashtags #NPLD or #PublicLandsDay to share your adventures on social media. Visit neefusa.org to learn more.