28th National Public Lands Day

September 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Riverside Park (various locations; see below)
Kristen Meade

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, and will take place on Saturday, September 25.

Riverside Park Conservancy will be hosting two sites for planting projects. Please sign up at the links below!

> Claremont Playground, near Tiemann Place

> Warsaw Ghetto, approx. 83rd Street

NPLD began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and became a yearly tradition, typically held on the last Saturday in September. Since the first NPLD, the event has grown by leaps and bounds.

Seven federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional and local governments participate in the annual day of caring for public lands.

National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the “tree army” that worked from 1933-1942 to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage.

Why is National Public Lands Day Important?

  • NPLD educates Americans about the environment and natural resources, and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands;
  • NPLD builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community based upon mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America’s public lands; and
  • NPLD improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work.