National Public Lands Day

September 24, 2016

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands in America. In 2015, 150,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and invasive plants, planted trees, and restored our water resources. Use of public lands is essential for many camps. It is estimated that 9 percent of all camps use public lands for at least a portion of their programming.

Did you know that the average camp covers 275 acres of land? Of this, approximately 133 acres are protected, meaning that no development can take place on that land, all for the sake of conservation! With approximately 2700 ACA-accredited camps, the American Camp Association contributes to the conservation of more than 305,000 acres of natural land across the United States. 

National Public Lands Day 2016 celebrates service and recreation on public lands while educating volunteers about the effects of climate change on our parks. NPLD engages a diverse audience of adult and youth volunteers to get outdoors and improve their lands, whether at the grandest national park or at an urban park in their neighborhood.

NPLD inspires a new generation of volunteers committed to service on public lands. The event also encourages volunteers to explore and enjoy America's natural wonders through outdoor recreation. After working hard, volunteers can take a hike, a swim, or a bicycle ride, and get healthy in America's backyard.

National Public Lands Day Resources

American Camp Association Resources

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