National Parks offering free admission for 3 days this fall

The National Park Service offered 10 fee-free days in 2017, but nearly a third of those days are yet to come. This fall, travelers will get three opportunities to get into national parks free of charge: on Sept. 30 for National Public Lands Day, and on Nov. 11 and 12 for Veterans Day weekend. On those days, all entrance fees will be waived, though camping and other fees...

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Park Hosts Volunteer Trail Opportunity for National Public Lands Day

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a volunteer trail maintenance workday on Saturday, September 30, 2017 in celebration of the 24th annual National Public Lands Day. Participants are invited to participate on a trail rehabilitation project along the Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers will perform trail maintenance including...

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National Public Lands Day 2017—less than four weeks away

NEEF’s 24th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is just a few weeks away. Where will you be on September 30, 2017 when hundreds of thousands of people join in the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands? Take a moment to check out NPLD events in your area and register your event today. Whether you are interested in learning about...

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Free entry to national parks and forests on National Public Lands Day (Sept. 24, 2016)

How will you celebrate National Public Lands Day on Sept. 24? You can hug a tree, clean up a trail or share a spectacular moment in nature with family and friends — all without paying to enter national parklands. The idea for the one-day event started 23 years ago when the National Environmental Education Foundation challenged Americans to come out and volunteer on its...

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National Public Lands Day 2015 on the BRP

For lovers of the Blue Ridge Parkway, every day is public lands day. But on September 26, 2015 why not make it official with a volunteer project? National Public Lands Day is billed as the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Last year, more than 175,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated at more than 2,100 public land sites in all...

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Forest Service joins with multiple partners to host fun-filled celebration of Wilderness Act and Chattooga Wild and Scenic River in Oconee County, SC

When a special occasion comes along, most of us want our friends to celebrate with us. The celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 is no different. The Forest Service and multiple friends and partners have joined forces to host a day of outdoor activities on the...

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National Forest to celebrate National Public Lands Day

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin will celebrate National Public Lands on Sept. 27, 2014 with a fee-free day and volunteer service projects to improve America’s public lands. “America’s national forests and grasslands belong to all of us,” said U.S. Forest Service Eastern Regional Forester Kathleen Atkinson. “These...

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Today is National Public Lands Day

Today, September 28, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. Join in and celebrate with volunteers in your community at parks and additional public lands, including community gardens, schools, refuges, rivers and many more. More than 170,000 volunteers are expected at more than 2,100 sites across the country to take part in the 20th anniversary of...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Celebrates 3rd Annual Family Hiking Day

On Saturday, September 28 at 4 East First Street, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), invites families to venture out on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) for the 3rd Annual Family Hiking Day. Held on National Public Lands Day, Family Hiking Day is an initiative developed by the ATC to introduce families to the A.T. and the benefits that...

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NPLD 2013 Registration is Open

Friends groups, nonprofits, public land managers, scout troops and all those interested in outdoor volunteerism are invited to host an event for National Public Lands Day. NPLD’s 20th Anniversary national day of service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Why lead a volunteer event for NPLD? Free promotional materials mailed directly to you. Your event...

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Make Plans for Public Lands September 29th–and Enjoy a Fee-Free Park Day

All national parks will waive their entrance fees this Saturday, September 29, for National Public Lands Day, the largest one-day volunteer effort for public lands in America. According to the National Environmental Education Foundation, the nonprofit organization that promotes this annual day of “Helping Hands for America’s Lands,” a whopping 170,000 volunteers are...

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Annual family hiking day set for Sept. 29th

On September 29, 2012 the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with it’s Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community™ partners and 31 Trail maintaining clubs, invites families to take a hike on the A.T. during the 2nd Annual Family Hiking Day. Held on National Public Lands Day, Family Hiking Day is a program developed by the ATC to introduce families to the A.T. and all of...

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More than 170,000 Volunteers Expected on National Public Lands Day, September 29

More than 170,000 volunteers are expected at more than 2,100 sites across the country on Saturday, September 29 to take part in the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States, National Public Lands Day (NPLD). Volunteers in every state will visit parks, public and community gardens, beaches, wildlife preserves or forests and chip in to help...

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Volunteer at Pisgah Campground on Blue Ridge Parkway

The Asheville Chapter of Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway is working with the National Park Service to offer a volunteer opportunity for those who love the parkway and want to help preserve its scenic beauty and heritage. There will be a work day on Saturday, Sept. 29, National Public Lands Day. The Pisgah Campground at Milepost 408.5 needs 25 volunteers to pull weeds,...

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Celebrating Michigan’s Trails on NPLD

Inspired by National Public Lands Day, Michigan is planning a weeklong promotional campaign to highlight events and volunteer activities happening on Michigan’s vast and varied network of trails. Michigan Trails Week, September 23-29, is a collaborative campaign developed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Michigan Recreation and Park...

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The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

The end of September is an excellent time to visit Maine and experience the natural beauty of the Pine Tree State. This fall, visitors and residents will have the added opportunity of participating in recreational and educational programming in honor of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend and NPLD. The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend (GMOW) is a three-day long event of...

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Celebration of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) has partnered with the Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites (FGSP) to encourage Georgia residents to give back to their state’s public lands. On September 29, 2012, NPLD will serve as the official kick-off of Your State Parks, a year-long celebration of service in state parks. More than 40 FGSP chapters are expected to...

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The Outdoor Alliance Celebrates Partnerships for Public Lands

A report published by Outdoor Alliance showcases how collaborations between federal agencies and outdoor recreation organizations can lead to more Americans visiting their public lands. Several of the projects in the report also have a history with National Public Lands Day. The Yosemite Facelift is a long time NPLD event that attracts thousands of volunteers to clean up...

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Get Outdoors with National Public Lands Day

With some volunteer and recreational activities on hiatus during the winter months, public land managers and friends groups often turn their attention towards planning for the busy spring and summer months. Friends groups, in particular, can spend winter months developing marketing and fundraising plans to attract new donors and volunteers to their public land site. To...

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Only One Week Left to Apply for an Every Day Grant

Every Day Grants are designed to provide funding to strengthen the effectiveness of community-based friends groups. These grants help fund capacity building projects such as staff and board training, fundraising, technology and website development. There will be two rounds of Every Day Grants in 2012. Each round will result in 25 grants of up to $5,000 per grant. The...

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National Public Lands Day this Saturday: Things to do in D.C.

This Saturday, Sept. 24, is National Public Lands Day, a countrywide celebration of national parks, exercise, killing weeds and other do-goodie things. It is also the World Wide Day of Play, and if you think these two events aren’t coming together into one synergized megaday of celebration, well, you’re just dead wrong. Since its birth in 1994, NPLD has...

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Residents urged to get outdoors for National Public Lands Day

To celebrate National Public Lands Day, Salt Lake City volunteers are being sought to help repair and improve the Mormon Pioneer Trail on Sept. 24 in a project that supports the Wasatch Water Legacy Partnership. Volunteers 16-years or older are needed to do tread repair and brush out vegetation that has grown along the trail, which is a popular destination for bicycling,...

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2011 NPLD Signature Sites Announced

National Public Lands Day is fast approaching. September 24th is right around the corner. A National Public Lands Day signature site is a volunteer event featuring special guests, speakers, unique programming or educational activities. This year, the signature sites are Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Ga....

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National Public Lands Day Photo Contest and Volunteer of the Year Awards

While planting trees, repairing trails and enhancing native habitats on National Public Lands Day, don’t forget to bring your camera and take some great shots of your fellow volunteers. Your photo could become a winner in the 11th annual NPLD Volunteers in Action Photo Contest. The Volunteer of the Year Awards recognizes outstanding National Public Lands Day...

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National Public Lands Day is coming up

There are plenty of events going on across the country on Saturday, September 24th. This annual celebration of our country’s public lands was started in 1994 as an opportunity for the public to volunteer, improve, and maintain our public green spaces. It started out with 700 volunteers and three sites. Since the first year, it has continued to grow and last year over...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy to Launch Family Hiking Day

On September 24, 2011, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with its 31 Trail Clubs will be launching Family Hiking Day. This is an opportunity to introduce families to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), and all of the benefits that come from being active and spending time outdoors. The event will be held on National Public Lands Day and coordinating with First Lady...

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