National Public Lands Day September 25

National Public Lands Day 2010 will take place on Saturday, September 25, at more than 1,500 locations (and counting) across the United States.

What is National Public Lands Day?

A volunteer picks up trash around Big Plain, Utah, in 2009. (Photo by Denise Allen, courtesy of National Environmental Education Foundation)

National Public Lands Day is the largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America's public lands. 

On National Public Lands Day, volunteers build trails and bridges, remove trash and invasive plants, plant trees, restore water resources, and more at locations across the country.

In 2009, 150,000 volunteers at more than 2,000 locations:

  • Removed an estimated 900,000 lbs of trash
  • Collected an estimated 20,000 lbs of invasive plants
  • Built and maintained an estimated 1,320 miles of trails
  • Planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs, and other native plants
  • Contributed an estimated $14 million to improve public lands across the country


How can I Participate?

Boy Scouts dig and lay down gravel for a new hiking trail in Mount Rainier National Park in 2009. (Photo by Bob Davies, courtesy of National Environmental Education Foundation)

To participate in National Public Lands Day 2010 go to to:


Fee-free Day

This year, National Public Lands Day, September 25, falls on a fee-free day in many federally managed lands.

National Public Lands Day volunteers also will receive coupons for a second free entry into their favorite federal public land areas that have entrance fees.


Watch the PSA

Watch the National Public Lands Day PSA with Phillipe Cousteau.

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September 24, 2010 at 10:19 p.m. (EDT)

We are bringing our Boy Scout Troop to the Colorado National Monument tomorrow morning to participate in National Public Lands Day.

The boys are to help in relocating a portion of the Echo Canyon trail. We will start about 8:00 am and finish up about 4:30 pm with lunch provided by Subway. REI has also donated some gifts for the participants.

I am looking forward to this as it should be a lot of fun and a great way to give back to the Monument, a unique place which we use quite a lot.

I would encourage everyone to get out a enjoy the great places that have been set aside for all of us.

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September 29, 2010 at 1:59 a.m. (EDT)

What a great time we had at the Monument on Saturday. There were 5 Scouts and 3 adults from our Troop.

Our Scouts were assigned to cut the new section of trail and to dig up the old stretch of trail so others could replant vegetation on it. Digging in the dirt was the perfect job for them.

The Rangers really appreciated the help and were impressed with the way the boys worked together and how quickly they got it done. We finished early so they had us go up on the slickrock section to make trail markers with the loose rocks.

REI gave every participant a plastic water bottle and a nice coolmax t-shirt.

The boys were really proud of 'their' trail and can't wait to go hiking on it.

Here's a link to the local news broadcast where one of our Scouts gets a brief interview:

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