National Public Lands Day

Connecting Nature through Service

National Public Lands Day is coming up on September 28, 2019!

Woodsy Owl picking up and throwing away trash at Accotink Park, Virginia.
Woodsy Owl picking up and throwing away trash at Accotink Park, Virginia. (Forest Service photo by Cecilio Ricardo)

National Public Lands Day is a day in which local, state, federal and other agencies and organizations come together to learn about, serve and play on public lands.

While National Public Lands Day falls on the last Saturday of September, groups across the nation will celebrate and hold events that occur between September 14 and October 12.

Last year, nearly 200,000 volunteers came out to 2,500 sites for National Public Lands Day. We’re hoping you will help us make this year even better.

This year, the theme is “Connecting to Nature through Service,” with an aim to help volunteers and participants connect to the great outdoors through service-related activities.

As one of America’s premiere land management agencies, the Forest Service has an enormous role in National Public Lands Day. National Public Lands Day is also a fee-free day, meaning entrance fees are waived on all public lands.

There are countless events taking place to celebrate, so why not visit one of your national forests and grasslands?

To find an event near you, visit the National Environmental Education Foundation webpage: Learn more about National Public Lands Day, its history and contributions, visit:

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