National Public Lands Day

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Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and general health. This year’s event, on September 22, 2018, will focus on restoration and resilience of our public lands.

This year is the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day as well as the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System and National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. It’s a big year for our public lands!

There are many ways to participate in National Public Lands Day.

National Public Lands Day is organized annually by the National Environmental Education Foundation, in cooperation with Department of the Interior, Department of the Army, and Department of Agriculture. The National Park Service is one of the event’s largest providers of sites and volunteers. Other participating federal agencies include the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, US Forest Service, and US Army Corps of Engineers.

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  • Stones River National Battlefield

    Squad Boss Training - National Public Lands Day

    Sunday, September 23, 2018

    Volunteers will learn how to lead other volunteers in invasive plant removal for our National Public Lands Day event on September 29th.

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    • Location: Maintenance Area
  • Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

    Art in the Park

    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    The 7th Annual Chalk Art Competition will take place on September 29th from 10:00am to 2:00pm in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Mary Ellen Kramer Park
  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Volunteer at the North Bridge! Activities will include raking trail sediment, seeding, and erosion control. Also... FREE PIZZA!

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: North Bridge (parking on Monument Street)
    • Fees: FREE
  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    National Public Lands Day

    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Volunteers of all ages are invited to celebrate National Public Lands Day by performing a trail clean-up along the 1.5 mile section of the Anza Trail within Tumacácori National Historical Park.

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    • Time: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
    • Fees: Free for volunteers
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument

    National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event

    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Fort Pulaski National Monument invites you to help clear park trails on Saturday, September 29, 2018, for our National Public Lands Day event.

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    • Time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Fort Pulaski National Monument
    • Fees: Volunteer Event
  • Stones River National Battlefield

    National Public Lands Day Volunteer Project

    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Join thousands of volunteers across the nation working to improve our public lands.

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    • Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    • Location: Stones River NB
    • Fees: Free
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Join us at Cedar Breaks National Monument on National Public Lands Day (NPLD) September 29, 2018!

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Meet at Cedar Breaks Visitors Center
    • Fees: Free
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Title : “HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY?”

Top of chart begins with: “START” to “ARE YOU OUTDOORSY?”
  1. If “YES”, then “ADVENTUROUS?”
    1. If “YES”, then “WHICH IS MORE REWARDING FOR YOU?”
      1. If “SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS”, then “VISIT A NATIONAL PARK FOR FREE”
      2. If “GIVING BACK”, then “VOLUNTEER ON NPLD SERVICE PROJECT & RECEIVE A FREE NATIONAL PARK ONE DAY PASS”
      3. If “BOTH”, then “HOW OFTEN DO YOU GO ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES?”
        1. If “EVERYDAY”, then “SHARE YOUR FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA #NPLD"
        2. If “NOT VERY OFTEN”, then ““VOLUNTEER ON NPLD SERVICE PROJECT & RECEIVE A FREE NATIONAL PARK ONE DAY PASS”
    2. If “NO”, then “DO YOU LIKE HANDS ON PROJECTS?”
      1. If “LOVE THEM”, then ‘ANY PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND”
        1. If “NOPE”, then “VOLUNTEER ON NPLD SERVICE PROJECT & RECEIVE A FREE NATIONAL PARK ONE DAY PASS”
        2. If “YUP”, then “SHARE YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY TO DO AT A NATIONAL PARK ON SOCIAL MEDIA #NPLD”
      2. If “NOT REALLY”, then “WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU WENT OUTSIDE?”
        1. If “I CAN’T REMEMBER”, then “TIME TO VISIT A NATIONAL PARK FOR FREE”
        2. If “EARLIER TODAY”, then “SHARE YOUR FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA #NPLD”
  2. If “SORT OF”, then “DO YOU LIKE HANDS ON PROJECTS?”
    1. If “NO”, then “DO YOU LIKE HANDS ON PROJECTS?”
      1. If “LOVE THEM”, then ‘ANY PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND”
        1. If “NOPE”, THEN “VOLUNTEER ON NPLD SERVICE PROJECT & RECEIVE A FREE NATIONAL PARK ONE DAY PASS”
        2. If “YUP”, then “SHARE YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY TO DO AT A NATIONAL PARK ON SOCIAL MEDIA #NPLD”
      2. If “NOT REALLY”, then “WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU WENT OUTSIDE?”
        1. If “I CAN’T REMEMBER”, then “TIME TO VISIT A NATIONAL PARK FOR FREE”
        2. If “EARLIER TODAY”, then “SHARE YOUR FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA #NPLD”
  3. If “NO”, then “WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU WENT OUTSIDE?”
    1. If “I CAN’T REMEMBER”, then “TIME TO VISIT A NATIONAL PARK FOR FREE”
    2. If “EARLIER TODAY”, then “SHARE YOUR FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA #NPLD”