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Check Out Your Lands on National Public Lands Day

Saturday is packed with potential adventures for all outdoor enthusiasts.

YOUR public lands need you, so why not join with others in the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands?

The 25th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is Saturday, September 22, and it’s a perfect time to connect with YOUR public lands and communities. As an extra incentive, you can visit national wildlife refuges and other federally managed public lands free.  

  children water and look at plannts on a table At Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, the NPLD event is on pollinators. Photo by USFWS

Volunteer or get outside

National wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries across the country are just waiting for you.

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia needs your help with its annual beach cleanup.

Saturday is also National Hunting and Fishing Day, which celebrates the important role sports men and -women play in conservation, and Back Bay Refuge has you covered there as well.

After the morning’s cleanup, a local anglers group will talk about surf fishing from the refuge beach.

On the other side of the country, Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery in Washington hosts the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, one of the first natural resource festivals in the country.

Help out September 29, too

I am working all day this Saturday, you say. Is there anything the next week?

You’re in luck. Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri, for instance, will be tagging monarch butterflies on September 29.

   girl in  wheelbarrow and lots of other volunteersVolunteering at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Lisa Cox/USFWS

Also on September 29, Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge in California will be working on a native habitat restoration with conservation partner Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.

You can find hundreds of events on public lands across the country.

Of course, you don’t need an event. It is never a bad time to visit YOUR public lands. National fish hatcheries and national wildlife refuges will do their best to make you feel at home whenever you visit.

RELATED: Find a refuge near you | Find a hatchery near you

Explore the outdoors. You might be surprised at how much you enjoy it.

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