WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Public Lands Day is sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation and is being celebrated on September 28. Highlighted sites get added support from the National Environmental Education Foundation and Forest Service in the form of promotional items. These promotional items include materials from the National Symbols Cache featuring Smokey Bear in his 75th year, Woodsy Owl, who asks people to "Lend a Hand, Care for the Land" and Natural Inquirer products, among other items.
The highlighted sites are on the Tonto, Bridger-Teton, Angeles and El Yunque National Forests. These sites embody one or more of the aspects that define the spirit of National Public Lands Day activities, which are about service, education and recreation projects that work to promote the long-term stewardship of healthy public lands.
Even though highlighted sites are already selected, there’s still time to host a National Public Lands Day event of your own. You can register your event on the National Environmental Education Foundation’s site. And while National Public Lands Day is officially celebrated on one day, events can take place throughout the month and into the second week of October.
If you can’t register an event, you can always volunteer to take part in any number of activities by finding an event near you. National Public Lands Day is also a fee-free day, and all entry fees are waived on public lands day, so if you can’t take part in one of the activities, it’s still a great day to get out and experience the great treasures our public lands system has to offer.
This year, the USDA Forest Service is hosting 99 National Public Lands day, fee-free events across the country. Learn more about these events at the Forest Service National Public Lands Day webpage. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date and make sure to use hashtag #NPLD when sharing your photos, videos and experiences.