In honor of National Public Lands Day Saturday, September 24, entry fees will be waived at national parks and other federal public lands.
This includes national monuments, forests, recreation areas, seashores, wildlife refuges, historical sites, battlefields, and grasslands.
National Public Lands Day is a great day for a visit, and it also is the nation’s largest single day of volunteering for parks and public lands, with 100,000 adult and kid volunteers expected at federal sites as well as state and local parks. People can find hundreds of already-planned volunteer events and other cool activities in most states https://www.neefusa.org/npld-event-search with more added every day.
I’m reaching out on behalf of the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), which leads and coordinates National Public Lands Day (NPLD). NEEF partners on NPLD with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, other federal agencies, state and local parks, plus corporate sponsor Toyota.
Some examples among the hundreds of volunteer locations: Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument, Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Pikes Peak, White Point Nature Preserve in Los Angeles, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Enchanted Forest in North Miami, Bears Ears National Monument, Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument, Arches National Monument, George Washington Carver National Monument, Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument, Andersonville National Cemetery (GA), Everglades National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Harvest Square Nature Preserve, and Golden Gate National Park.
Some of the interesting things volunteers will do:
- The Student Conservation Association and other volunteers will plant shrubs and dig holes to restore the habitat for the endangered New England cottontail rabbit at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Scarborough, Maine. The “Rabbitat Planting Party” expects 250 volunteers.
- Clean the wall of names at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
- At Yosemite rock climbers will rappel from great heights to pick up litter on the face and edges of the iconic massive rock formations in the park. There will also be less daring trash pickup by hundreds of volunteers throughout the park.