Our nation’s public lands are the places where most of us go to enjoy the outdoors. Whether we visit our neighborhood green space or a national park, public lands give us a chance to enjoy fresh air wherever we live or travel.
I rely on public lands for all the best places to use my beloved outdoor gear, and you probably do, too. That’s why I’m hoping you and your friends will join one of the events of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sepetember 25.
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is our nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the lands that we all enjoy. Not sure what qualifies as “public land?” Public lands include municipal, county, regional, state and national parks as well as US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. Like I said, pretty much everywhere that we go to get outside.
I’m also pleased to point out that REI supports hundreds of local organizations through our grants program and local store partnerships that engage volunteers in restoring and sustaining public lands all year long.
If you’re a member of the REI co-op, you can be proud to be playing a part in helping to take care of these places. However, we’d love it if you would come out and join us in playing an active role in stewarding public lands. Find your local store page and check the classes and events section to see if they’re hosting or promoting an NPLD event in your community.
You can also find events by entering your state or zip code on the National Public Lands Day website. REI’s partnership with VolunteerMatch is yet another way to search for local volunteer stewardship events on public lands in your community. Try it out—it feels great to get involved.