From white sand seashores and rugged mountains to ancient cliff dwellings and forests of towering trees, America’s public lands give us so much. Now it’s your chance to give America’s public lands something in return.
On Saturday, September 24, join volunteers of all ages by lending a helping hand to spruce up public lands. National Public Lands Day -- held the last Saturday in September and now in its 23rd year -- is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Thank a park today for all they give us by volunteering at your favorite public land.
To inspire you to get out there and give back, here’s some of our favorite things about America’s public lands:
Whether you’re hiking to the top of a mountain or hopping out of your car at a scenic overlook, the views from America’s public lands can’t be beat. When you consider the sheer size and scale of these vistas, it’s sure to leave you stunned.
Public lands aren’t just for humans. They protect ecosystems that are important for the survival of wildlife, ensuring that current and future generations can see animals in their natural habitats -- from a safe distance, of course.
It’s the first time your parents took you camping. It’s the hike you shared with someone special. It’s the lake where you met lifelong friends. Public lands are the basis of so many extraordinary moments that last a lifetime, and you never know who you’ll meet while you’re there. Start exploring today to make some unforgettable memories.
Ever want to gaze at the Milky Way sparkling overhead or summit a 14,000-foot peak or paddle through clear-blue waters? Public lands give you a chance to try something new. With many national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands near urban areas offering free programs, these new adventures don’t even have to break the bank.
Our public lands are living, breathing history books, preserving millions of years of our natural and cultural past. Visiting national monuments, historic sites and other public lands can open your eyes to things like dinosaur fossils and petroglyphs; the fight for freedom and independence; and the march toward equality.
Connecting to nature and the outdoors can help you create a healthy, active lifestyle with opportunities for hiking, biking and boating to name a few. Breathe in fresh air, feel the warm sun on your face and the breeze drying the sweat on your skin -- it’ll revitalize your mind and body!
Need to get away from the daily grind? Break free from the everyday with America’s public lands. Whether hitting the trail or marveling at a stunning photo of a park on your computer screen, public lands are a great way pause for a moment of zen.