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Volunteer for National Public Lands Day

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Volunteers cleaning up

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. Held every year on the last Saturday of September, National Public Lands Day brings together hundreds of thousands of individual, student and organizational volunteers to help maintain and restore America’s treasured places.

Public lands are managed by public agencies but belong to and are enjoyed by everyone. These special places provide us with outdoor recreation, education and relaxation; volunteering is a way for the public to give something back. The beauty and importance of public lands inspire us all, and we hope to see you outdoors for this year’s National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 30.

Whether it’s volunteering for National Public Lands Day or throughout the year, check out some of the many ways to help support your public lands.

Unfortunately, trash often collects along roadsides and waterways on public lands. Fortunately, volunteers are out every day helping clean it all up. From pulling mounds of plastic bags captured by trash traps in Anacostia Park to removing tons of marine debris from coastlines and lakeshores, thousands of volunteers are protecting waterways and wildlife by removing garbage and hazardous objects. Every extra set of hands helps, so this is a great opportunity for people with limited time to share. You’ll see immediate results and if you bring some friends, it can even be fun!

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