Celebrating The 22nd Annual National Public Lands Day!

September 22, 2015Hollis BoweNPF Blog

September is best known for Labor Day, but did you know there is another major event this month? On September 26, we will celebrate the 22nd annual National Public Lands Day, the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands!

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. Since then, it has grown every year to include new places, new projects, and new people.

Man shoveling ground, text reads, \"National Public Lands Day 2015, Saturday, September 26"

In 2014, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,132 sites in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Volunteers:

  • Collected an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants
  • Built and maintained an estimated 1,500 miles of trails
  • Planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs, and other native plants
  • Removed an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other places
  • Contributed an estimated $18 million through volunteer services to improve public lands across the country

Public lands make up approximately one-fifth of the nation’s landmass, including our country’s most treasured places. National parks around the country are participating in National Public Lands Day, and we invite you to join us in making a difference in your local community! There are hundreds of volunteer events you can participate in, so find one in a park near you.

On National Public Lands Day, volunteers participate in a range of activities. Each one contributes to the vitality and quality of our nation’s beautiful natural resources. The most common activities include:

  • Removing invasive vegetation
  • Picking up litter or debris
  • Building or maintaining trails
  • Painting facilities
  • Collecting native plant seeds
  • Planting trees and other vegetation
  • Maintaining gardens
  • Installing information kiosks
  • Enhancing wildlife habitat

National Public Lands Day is also a fee-free day — so start planning your visit now! We hope to see you out in the parks, either visiting or volunteering. And make sure to capture your national park memories and share them using the hashtags #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque.

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