In 1994, a handful of federal agencies and just 500 volunteers organized America’s first National Public Lands Day. This year, the tradition will continue on Saturday, September 29. But what’s it all about, and how can you get involved?
According to the initiative’s website, “National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands.” Almost 200,000 volunteers participated in the 2011 event, covering 2,067 nationwide. Together they:
- Built and/or maintained approximately 1,500 miles of hiking trails
- Cleaned up about 500 tons of garbage
- Planted an estimated 100,000 plants including trees and shrubbery
We all want to continue to enjoy our nation’s public lands, which include Yosemite National Park and Niagara Falls State Park. Therefore, events like NPLD are super-important. That’s why big names like Toyota and Northrop Grumman sponsor the initiative annually.
If you’d like to organize a local NPLD event, check out the official Media Kit. It includes great features like a calendar, social guide and sample letters. And consider giving away eco-friendly promotional products to make an even more memorable impression.