National Public Lands Day 2023

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National Public Lands Day is Saturday, September 23, 2023.

It’s the largest single-day nationwide volunteer event. Established in 1994, this special day celebrates people and their connection to the outside world, encouraging everyone to use public land spaces.

On National Public Lands Day, you can enter any National Park for free! For more information on this and other fee-free days, click here.

A National Public Lands Day cleanup effort in Humbolt Park, Chicago. Image Credit: Shannon Murphy

Plus, there are lots of volunteer opportunities available to celebrate the occasion at hundreds of locations, including:

  • Andersonville National Cemetery (Georgia)
  • Arches National Monument (Utah)
  • Bears Ears National Monument (Utah)
  • Enchanted Forest (Florida)
  • Everglades National Park (Florida)
  • George Washington Carver National Monument (Missouri)
  • Golden Gate National Park (California)
  • Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument (Arizona)
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (Utah)
  • Great Smoky Mountains (Tennessee/North Carolina)
  • Harvest Square Nature Preserve (Alabama)
  • Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument (Mississippi)
  • Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument (Kentucky)
  • Mount Rainier National Park (Washington)
  • Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)
  • Pikes Peak (Colorado)
  • White Point Nature Preserve (California)

As a volunteer, you’ll be able to take part in activities that help clean up and rebuild our public lands in fun and engaging ways.

You could help clean the name wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., or participate in the “Rabbitat Plating Party” at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Scarborough, Maine. This fun event includes planting shrubs and digging holes to restore the habitat of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit.

For more information, visit the National Environmental Education Foundation or National Parks Service.

Read More: Check out my visit to Ohio’s only National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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Featured Image Credit: Friends of Governors Island