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Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program

National Public Lands Day (NPLD)

The National Public Lands Day (NPLD) has joined people across the nation in the care and celebration of our public lands. From humble beginnings with one federal agency, two sites, and 700 volunteers, NPLD has grown into the largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. As a signature event of the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), NPLD fosters a strong connection between people and the environment, educating and cultivating environmental stewards. With support from federal and state agencies, corporate sponsors, and nonprofits, NPLD ensures resilient natural spaces for generations to come, encouraging volunteering and environmental engagement. The Legacy Program joined the NPLD partnership in 1999 and has funded more than 560 events on military installations, totaling more than $3 million. To learn more about NPLD, please visit