Celebrate National Public Lands Day

Giant sequoia trees
Sequoia National Park is one of the many parks participating in National Public Lands Day. Photo by Mark Bult.
Show your support for our redwoods getting outside to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28. National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands, celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and general health.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September to assist with various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways, and more. From trail maintenance to tree planting to trash removal—volunteers of all ages and abilities (kids welcome) roll up their sleeves and work side-by-side to care for public lands. The day also features a variety of hikes, bike rides, community festivals, paddling excursions, and other fun outdoor activities—all set on the backdrop of the country’s public lands and waterways.

Volunteering on National Public Lands Day is a win-win—it not only benefits your public lands, but it also benefits your mental health and physical well-being. Spending time in nature reduces the effects of stress and anxiety and improves short-term memory, concentration, and creativity.

There are many ways to participate in National Public Lands Day.

Participating California National Parks:

  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Lava Beds National Monument
  • Muir Woods National
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park – Hyde Street Pier historic vessels free of charge
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
  • Yosemite National Park

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Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has protected and restored redwood forests and connected people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish.

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