GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted September 13th, 2022

Reap the Rewards of Volunteering on National Public Lands Day, September 24th

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National Public Lands Day (NPLD), sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Now in its 29th year, the event is held annually on the fourth Saturday in September when thousands of volunteers gather to help restore and improve public lands around the country. It is also a “Fee-Free Day,” one of only five days a year when entrance fees are waived at national parks and other public lands.

This year, the theme for NPLD is “Giving Back Together.” Here are examples of events that will take place around the country. Click on the links shown for complete details for each event, including hours and registration requirements, if any. All events are scheduled for Saturday, September 24 unless otherwise noted.

Olympia, Wash.

Trail Maintenance at Church Creek Trail Some Crosscut Sawyer log out work, tread repair, drainage improvement and lots of brushing.

Minnesota (locations statewide)

National Public Lands Day Volunteer Service Event Minnesota Master Naturalist will coordinate sites statewide to allow volunteers to provide service on public lands for the betterment of conservation in Minnesota.

Green Bay, Wis.

Baird Creek Clean Up in Honor of NPLD Prep for native seed planting, invasive removal and treatment, trash pickup in the Greenway and along the creek. Educational training will be provided on the benefits of native seed planting as well as the harm of invasives and why removal and treatment is vital to native plant survival.

Seymour, Ind., Saturday, September 17

Volunteer Work Day at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge Trash pickup, invasive species removal, landscaping, historic cabin cleanup, native plant garden weeding, brush removal, and other activities.


Charlton, Mass., Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25

30th NPLD Buffumville/Hodges Event Park improvements, clean up and education.

Salamanca, N.Y.,

Team up for Allegany Weeding, trimming, and general maintenance around historic structures.


Lake Cumberland Cleanup. Volunteers will have the opportunity to remove trash from the Lake Cumberland Shoreline in an effort to increase shoreline aesthetics and remove harmful debris from an ecosystem.

Washington, D.C.

Volunteer Event at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Activities include invasive plant removal, litter collection, flower bed weeding, trail maintenance and more.

Oneida, Tenn.

Sheltowee Trace Workday This workday will complete one-half to one mile of trail tread building, cutting brush, and digging waterbars using hand tools.

Beaufort, N.C., Friday, September 23

NPLD Beach Cleanup All participants must register and be approved in advance.

As stated on the NEEF website, “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.”

For a complete list of NPLD volunteer opportunities for National Public Lands Day, visit the NPLE Event Locator where you can search by event type, location and types of activities.