National Public Lands Day
National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands, will be celebrated in National Forests across the country on September 24, 2022. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this event attracts thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country.
This year, the theme 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.
In 2021, 46,227 volunteers participated in 536 events to volunteer 185,108 hours of their time on public lands, estimated at over $5 million in value.
To find other events, search the online National Public Lands Day event locator. With over 500 nationwide volunteer events – and more being added each day – there will be no shortage of opportunities for the thousands of expected volunteers to roll up their sleeves and pitch in on improvement projects in their communities.
National Public Lands Day is also designated as a Fee-Free Day, granting free admission for visitors to national forests, parks, refuges, and rangelands across the US. If you haven’t ventured out to a forest near you, use our online visitor map to find your nearest national forest or grassland. If you want to make reservations for these and other federal lands, visit Recreation.gov.
And don’t forget to join our work to Reimagine Recreation, where we are calling on our employees and everyone in America to help us develop new vision for outdoor recreation on national forest and grasslands.