Each September, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together to lend a hand on all kinds of projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more. 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. The day also features a variety of hikes, bike rides, community festivals, paddling excursions, and other fun outdoor activities—all set on the backdrop of the country’s public lands and waterways.
America’s public lands aren’t the only ones that benefits from National Public Lands Day. Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to mental and physical well-being. Spending time in the 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), Saturday, September 25th 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!