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Get Involved in National Public Lands Day 2019

The Corps Network is a proud nonprofit partner of National Public Lands Day (NPLD). Along with fellow NPLD partners the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and Conservation Legacy, we encourage the Corps community to get involved in NPLD 2019, happening Saturday, September 28.

On July 31, we teamed up with NEEF, SCA and Conservation Legacy to hold a webinar to review tips and resources for hosting a successful NPLD event. Here are some of the main takeaways.

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What is National Public Lands Day?

Hosted by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) for over 20 years, NPLD is the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. The event takes place every year on the last Saturday of September. This year, on September 28, hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country will celebrate NPLD by participating in projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, and waterways.


Why Should My Corps Get Involved?

Every year, numerous Service and Conservation Corps organize NPLD events. Hosting an event is a great way to:

  • Engage new audiences – With its status as the nation’s largest one-day volunteer event for public lands, NPLD receives considerable attention and press. NPLD events can be leveraged to attract new volunteers, Corpsmembers, and supporters.
  • Engage alumni – A NPLD event is a great way to bring together your alums, even if your Corps is not hosting the event.
    • In 2019, SCA will begin a tradition of centering an entire Alumni Engagement Week around NPLD. As part of this celebration, SCA is asking their alums who currently work on public lands to organize NPLD events and recruit other alums to volunteer.
  • Engage local public land managers – Hosting an impactful NPLD event is a great way to demonstrate your Corps’ capacity to get things done.


Registering Your Event

All organizations hosting a NPLD event are encouraged to create an account and register their event on the NEEF website. By registering your event, you’ll unlock numerous benefits for your Corps and event participants.

  • Attract more volunteers – Official events are listed on the NPLD Event Locator map, making it easy for people in your community to learn about your activity.
  • Funding opportunities – Though funding deadlines have passed for 2019, there are annual opportunities for registered events to apply for funding and in-kind support. Additionally, NEEF offers various conservation-related grant opportunities throughout the year. Registering your NPLD event is a good way to introduce your organization to NEEF.
  • Giveaways for your volunteers – While supplies last, registered 2019 NPLD events can request free KIND bars to help fuel your volunteers! Click here for more details (deadline to submit request is August 30). Additionally, events hosted on federal public lands are eligible to gift NPLD coupons to their volunteers as a “thank you.” These coupons allow individuals to enter any national park, forest, or other participating federal site free of charge. Sites can request NPLD Volunteer Coupons when they register their events (the request just needs to come from a federal employee). The deadline to request coupons is Friday, August 23rd, 2019.
    • Did you know? — NPLD is a Fee-Free Day for NPS and other participating federal agencies. This is a great way to attract volunteers!


Where Can I Find Resources?

NEEF has resources to aid in planning, promoting, and hosting your event. Head to the NPLD Site Manager Promotional Toolkit to find everything from template press releases and flyers, to social media messages and tips for capturing your event on video. NEEF also offers a comprehensive Site Manager Manual that covers logistical considerations.


Can’t Host Your Own Event? Join One!

Even if your organization doesn’t have the capacity to host an event, consider engaging your Corpsmembers and staff in NPLD. Find events near you by clicking here.


Don’t Forget About the Data

Help NEEF demonstrate the impact of your event and the hundreds of other NPLD events across the country. As a site manager, you will be asked to complete a short survey after your event.


For more information, check out NEEF’s NPLD FAQs


Tony Richardson
Program Director, Public Lands Engagement
National Environmental Education Foundation
trichardson [AT] neefusa.org
Patricia Malizia
Senior Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement
Student Conservation Association
Pmalizia [AT] thesca.org
April Elkins Badtke
Interim Executive Director
Stewards Individual Placement Program
april [AT] conservationlegacy.org
Hannah Traverse
Communications Manager
The Corps Network
htraverse [AT] corpsnetwork.org