Started in 1994, National Public Lands Day “celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits.” (via NPS.gov) It is held the fourth Saturday of September each day.
National Public Lands Day is on September 26, 2020.
National Public Lands Day is the “largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. It is also a free entrance day for most national parks, monuments, recreation areas and other participating federal sites,” according to the National Environmental Education Foundation.
Volunteer Events on National Public Lands Day can range from such activities as (source):
- trail maintenance or new trail construction
- campsite maintenance
- removing trash or graffiti
- habitat restoration projects
- planting trees
- removing invasive plants/weeds
- river, lake, or shoreline cleanups