September 25, 2017
From national parks to urban trails, to local playgrounds and wildlife refuges, hundreds of thousands of volunteers will descend on public lands across the nation on Saturday, September 30 to participate in National Public Lands Day (NPLD) – the country’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Volunteer sites and information about the day can be found at NEEFusa.org/NPLD.
Organized by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), National Public Lands Day, now in its 24th year, is a fee-free day for all federal public lands across America and many state parks. The event encourages people of all walks of life, families and neighbors, to work side-by-side to give back to public lands, with activities ranging from trail maintenance, to planting, to trash pick-up and more. The day also features hikes, bike rides, festivals, paddling excursions and other fun activities.
“National Public Lands Day connects people to public lands in their community, inspires environmental stewardship and encourages use of public lands for education, recreation and general health,” says Diane Wood, president of NEEF. “A wonderful thing about the day is that it often draws people out to nearby public lands for the first time, and helps them discover a wonderful green space they can return to and enjoy throughout the year.”
For the 19th consecutive year, Toyota is the national corporate sponsor of NPLD. In addition to financial backing for the program, Toyota hosts more than 30 events at sites across the nation for employees, ranging from Oak Point Nature Preserve in Texas to Tombigbee State Park in Mississippi and The Leslie Science and Nature Center in Michigan.
“These events help build a connection with the environment and the public lands well all cherish, trying into our own challenge to ourselves to create a net positive impact on the planet by 2050,” said Kevin Butt general manager of environmental sustainability, Toyota Motor North America. “While each of us can make a difference in our neighborhood parks, together, through our combined efforts, we can have a larger impact on our public lands across the country.”
According to Wood, Toyota’s exceptional support of National Public Lands Day serves as a prime example of how a strong, sustained public private partnership can…