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National Public Lands Day

NEEF's National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this celebration brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country. NPLD is also a “Fee-Free Day”—one of only five days a year when entrance fees are waived at national parks and other public lands.

This year, the theme for NPLD is Giving Back Together. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, America's public lands acted as a safe haven for recreation, conversation, and the simple enjoyment of being outside the confines of our homes. In a time of disconnectedness and uncertainty, the outdoors brought people together and deepened our appreciation for the important role these spaces play in our lives. Now it's time for us to return the favor.

Join us on Saturday, September 24, 2022, as we celebrate the 29th annual National Public Lands Day and renew our commitment to securing a safer and healthier world for ourselves, our children, and generations to come. On this page, you'll find resources for registering an NPLD event, tips for hosting an in-person or virtual event, a map for locating NPLD events near you, and so much more. 

Start making your NPLD plans now and we'll see you on September 24!

PLEASE NOTE:  For federal site managers requesting fee-free coupons, the deadline is August 5, 2022

To learn more about National Public Lands Day check out our Purdue Extension-FNR resources:
The Nature of Teaching: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health, publication
The Nature of Teaching: Food Waste and the Environment, publication
Benefits of Connecting With Nature Part 1 Webinar

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