National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day (NLPD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands, held annually on the fourth Saturday in September. Since 1979, National Public Lands Day has been bringing together hundreds of thousands of volunteers to help restore America’s public lands.   

These are the places Americans use for outdoor recreation, education, and other activities. Public lands include national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, forests, grasslands, marine sanctuaries, lakes, and reservoirs, as well as state, county, and city parks that are managed by federal, state, and local governments. 

Three volunteers plant seedlings on National Public Lands Day 2015, BLM Oregon photo

In 2017, the BLM coordinated projects at 150 BLM sites, representing nearly one-fifth of all Federal sites participating in NPLD. These projects were hosted by 125 field offices and/or Monuments and National Conservation Areas in 16 states. More than 10,000 volunteers participated in BLM enhancement and restoration activities.


National Public Lands Day events are coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). To find out more visit neef.org/npld, or contact a BLM State Office.

National Public Lands Day Photos on Flickr

National Public Lands Day Volunteers plant a tree at an NLPD event of BLM Worland Field Office

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