There’s no better way to explore the outdoors—and show your love—than National Public Lands Day, held the fourth Saturday in September.

Described as the nation’s “largest single-day volunteer effort,” the day inspires people across America to get outside, roll up their sleeves, and ask not ‘what can public lands do for me,’ but ‘what can I do for public lands?’

Learn Your Letters

Get to know the Land Water Conservation Fund. It is the budgetary lifeblood for parks and open space in the United States, and thanks to support from concerned public land stewards like you, it received full and permanent funding in 2020 when the Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law. After more than 20 years of advocacy by Trust for Public Land, LWCF is one of the greatest conservation wins of this century, it is an important step in protecting these special places. But years of underfunding for LWCF mean most of our public lands face serious maintenance backlogs. Additional funding will be required to make sure these places remain accessible for future generations.

Pick Up the Phone

Call your representatives. It may sound old-school, but elected officials say there’s still no substitute for hearing directly from their constituents. Call, visit, or write to let them know that you support public land—and then go vote.

Get Your Hands Dirty

Attend a trail-building event. National Public Lands Day is the perfect opportunity to volunteer outdoors. Chip in (and meet like-minded conservationists) by helping plant native species, build trails—even restore historic buildings.


We create parks and protect land for people—and we can’t do it without your help.



Protect Chuckwalla from Exploitation

This raw, beautiful landscape in Southern California is home to Indigenous heritage sites, and it provides critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. Urge President Biden to safeguard this extraordinary landscape today!

Sign Now