In love with Nevada as much as we are? Each September, hundreds of thousands of public lands stewards from all corners of the United States come together to lend a hand on all kinds of projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more. And in a place with more public lands than anywhere else in the Lower 48 states, there are plenty of places to enjoy—and make sure they’re around for the long haul—within Nevada borders. From trail maintenance to tree planting—volunteers of all ages and abilities roll up their sleeves and work side-by-side to care for public lands to make up the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. In Nevada, that means hot springs cleanups, hiking trail maintenance, litter cleanup, fence repair, and more.
America’s public lands aren’t the only ones that benefit from National Public Lands Day—Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to mental and physical well-being. Spending time outdoors has been found to improve short-term memory, concentration and creativity—while reducing the effects of stress and anxiety. Volunteering on NPLD is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the many benefits that come from connecting with nature.
In celebration of the annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the last Saturday in September has been designated a Free Entrance Day for most National Parks, Monuments, Recreation Areas and other participating federal sites. Don’t forget to check out the official NPLD event map that makes it easy to find the perfect NPLD event near you.
Better yet, with a pamphlet-packed office, get your hands on all the information you’ll need to discover Nevada’s public lands at the Nevada BLM State Office, headquartered in Reno. Stop by to learn more about places to safely and responsibly visit, and clean up alongside all kinds of “Friends” Groups across the Silver State—like Friends of Black Rock, Friends of Gold Butte, Friends of Tule Springs, and more. For more information, get in touch with the Nevada BLM office directly, at (775) 861-6500.