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Volunteer, explore, and save: National Public Lands Day beckons Floridians to action

Join the green wave of volunteering and adventure as Florida's parks open their doors for National Public Lands Day!

Get ready for an exciting Saturday on September 23, as Florida comes alive with the spirit of volunteerism! National Public Lands Day (NPLD) offers a unique opportunity to give back to nature while reveling in its wonders. From the sun-kissed shores near Miami to the lush landscapes sprinkled across the Sunshine State, it's time to roll up your sleeves and enjoy the great outdoors.

Volunteer Day at Florida's Natural Parks for National Public Lands Day

Florida is buzzing with 23 volunteer events this year, all geared toward celebrating NPLD. Parks throughout the state are calling for your support, making this a golden chance to explore, learn, and make a positive impact on our environment.

Coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), this marks the 30th annual NPLD celebration. To organize this event, NEEF partners with government agencies, state and municipal parks, nonprofits, and members of the community.

But that's not all—here's the icing on the cake: admission fees will be waived at national parks and federal public lands! Whether you wish to visit a national monument, lose yourself in a dense forest, or soak in the serenity of a seashore, September 23rd is your day.

A group of volunteers cleaning up the side of a highway

Three Fantastic Events Near Miami

This year's NPLD promises to be bigger and better than ever. There is something for everyone to get involved in, as there are more than 500 volunteer activities happening all around the country. It is estimated that over a million individuals have participated in National Public Lands Day over the previous decade, making it the single greatest day of volunteerism for parks and publicly owned land.

  1. Go Fish with Biscayne National Park: Join the folks at Biscayne National Park for a free evening fishing clinic. From 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, experts will share fishing tips and sustainable practices. And yes, they've got gear for you. Afterward, gather around the campfire for s'mores, making it an evening of both fun and education.
  2. Beach Cleanup at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park: Roll up your sleeves and join the trail work event at Strawberry Recreation Area's Phases Trail System. Volunteers will be building a 20-foot turnpike and replacing old fencing to preserve this beautiful area for everyone.
  3. Experience Outstanding Views from a Historic Lighthouse: At Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse on Florida’s Atlantic coast, you'll find a buffet of volunteer activities and educational opportunities. From lighthouse tours to guided hikes and displays on conservation, there's something for everyone interested in history and nature.

Interested in discovering more about local events or how you can contribute to NPLD? Explore NEEF’s National NPLD Map to find events in your community.

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