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Members of Historicorps restore the West Shelter of Cape Perpetual, Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon. HistoriCorps, non-profit organization, engages volunteers to save historic places across the United States. (USDA Forest Service photo by Cecilio Ricardo)
Members of Historicorps restore the West Shelter of Cape Perpetual, Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon. HistoriCorps, non-profit organization, engages volunteers to save historic places across the United States. (USDA Forest Service photo by Cecilio Ricardo)

Connecting Nature through Service

National Public Lands Day is coming up, September 26, 2020. This year’s theme is “More Ways to Connect to Nature." While there are some additional considerations to be made this year around safety, there will still be a number of virtual and in-person events across the country.

More information about events near you please visit https://www.neefusa.org/event-locator

Since 1994, National Public Lands Day has brought together communities, local and state government, and agencies and organizations to learn about, serve, and play on public lands. Held on the fourth Saturday in September, this day of learning and volunteering is one of the nation’s largest single-day volunteer efforts. In 2019, 156,000 volunteers came out to 2,100 sites to volunteer 624,000 hours of their time on public lands, an estimated $15.9 million in value. We're hoping you will help us make this year even better

Although this year it may be harder for some individuals and families to make it out to their local national forest, there are still several virtual events online. One such virtual event hosted by the National Environment Education Foundation will feature guest speakers, and a “virtual road trip,” and musical performances at some of America’s most scenic public lands.

For those individuals and families that are planning to visit their national forest please be sure know before you go. This means checking that the desired destination on the National Forests and the roads that lead there are open.

In addition, please practice the principles of Recreate Responsibility while visiting public lands. This means practicing social distancing, planning ahead, playing it safe, exploring locally, leaving no trace, and building an inclusive outdoors. For more information please visit the National Forest Foundation.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/visit/npld