National Public Lands Day is ‘Fee-Free Day’

Coyote Point Campground on New Hogan Lake in Sierra Nevada Foothills. (Julianne G Crane)

National Public Lands Day is “traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort,” according to the National Park Service. “It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits.”

RVers love America’s state and national parks. When asked their destination during a camping survey more than 75% will they will be visiting a public park. Nearly two-thirds (65%) plan to visit historic sites.

National Public Lands Day

With such an appreciation of America’s public lands, all RVers have hundreds of opportunities to give back on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.

National Public Lands Day (NPLD)  is the perfect time for “a day of service and celebration.”  Join more than 200,000 other Americans and find an opportunity to volunteer near your home town by clicking here.

Many public lands agencies, including the Department of Interior have hundreds of ways to volunteer any day of the year. If you are near central Oregon, Corps of Engineers in Portland (541 942-5631) to volunteer at Pine Meadows Campground on Cottage Grove Lake.

‘Fee-Free’ Day

Lake Ellen, Colville National Forest. (J. G. Crane)

“National Public Lands Day is a fee-free entrance day at many federal public lands including national parks. It’s a great opportunity to help a local or favorite public land near you and spend the rest of the day recreating or relaxing on the land. With free admission, feel free to bring a friend or make it a family outing, and enjoy the experience,” states NPLD website.

Most parks, however, are not waiving other “user fees” such as backcountry permits and camping fees.

— Julianne G Crane

Bottom Photo: Lake Ellen on the Colville National Forest, Washington state. (Julianne G Crane)

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