National Public Lands Day

On this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Despite his humble beginnings and lack of formal education, Lincoln distinguished himself as an honest leader and a powerful speaker. Leading the nation through the Civil War, our 16th President fought for unity and helped bring an end to slavery in our country. Modeled after the Parthenon in Greece (the birthplace of democracy), the Lincoln Memorial honors his legacy. It’s a towering icon on the Washington, D.C., landscape that attracts visitors from all over the world to be inspired by Lincoln’s words and accomplishments. Photo courtesy of Drew Geraci.


A big thank you to the many volunteers who built fences, planted trees, cleaned up trash and more during the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day yesterday! Now get outdoors and explore #yourlands, like the beautiful Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument near Las Cruces, New Mexico. The monument offers stunning views, great hikes and picnic areas for a day trip with family and friends.   

New photos by Sherman Hogue, BLM New Mexico.

Happy Groundhog Day! Groundhogs have short ears and a short tail, and can weigh up to 11 pounds. They have two layers of fur: A dense grey undercoat and a longer coat of banded guard hairs that gives the groundhog a “frosted” appearance. Despite how they look, groundhogs are good swimmers and tree climbers. Photo of a groundhog eating a flower at Shenandoah National Park by National Park Service.

America’s public lands are wonderful places to love and be in love. Experiences in national parks, wildlife refuges and scenic wildernesses are even better when shared with the people you care about most. We’re celebrating these great love stories with this cute video of romantic moments on public lands. Thanks to everyone who shared their photos and helped make this sweet Valentine’s Day video!

Happy Alaska Day! On this day in 1867, the Territory of Alaska was formally transferred from Russia to the United States. To celebrate this important day in Alaska history, we’re highlight some of Alaska’s lesser known (but breathtaking) national parks on Instagram. Be sure to follow along all day for amazing photos of Alaska’s wild frontier:

Photo of Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve by by Ken Hill, National Park Service.

Happy Arbor Day! We’re celebrating with this pic of majestic trees offering a window to a gorgeous view of Yosemite Falls at Yosemite National Park in California. Cascading more than 2,400 feet above Yosemite Valley, it’s the tallest waterfall in North America. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Nguyen.

It’s National Bison Day! Here’s a great photo of bison and its calf sharing a tender moment at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado. Photo by Rich Keen, DPRA.

Happy World Oceans Day – a day dedicated to celebrating the impact of oceans on our daily lives and raising awareness about how to better protect them. Pictured here is the colorful coral reef at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. The usfws refuge is located halfway between Hawai‘i and American Samoa and is one of the most diverse and spectacular coral reef systems in the world. Photo by Jim Maragos, USFWS.


The sweetest Valentine’s Day video you will watch all day! 

Every year thousands get engaged and married on America’s public lands — making these special places part of their love story. Today, we are celebrating these great love stories with this cute video of proposals and weddings on public lands. Thanks to everyone who shared their photos.


#mypubliclandsroadtrip explores the beautiful towering cliffs and deep canyons of the 280,000 acre Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. The remote and unspoiled monument offers opportunities to view endangered California condors. Photos by Bob Wick, BLM.

Check out the condor release video from the National Public Lands Day celebration, held each September, at the monument.


America’s public lands are wonderful places to love and be in love. Every year thousands get engaged and married in national parks, wildlife refuges and scenic wildernesses. We’re celebrating these great love stories with this video of proposals and weddings on public lands. Thanks to everyone who shared their photos and helped make this sweet Valentines Day video!


Happy World Wildlife Day!

We celebrate wildlife today and every day on our nation’s public lands. More than 3,000 species of wildlife call BLM-managed lands home - that’s a backyard of more than 245 million acres in 23 states, dispersed over ecologically-diverse and essential habitat.

Enjoy a few of our favorite wildlife photos from your public lands!


In anticipation for National Public Lands Day (#NPLD) the BLM Wyoming Cody Field Office hosted volunteers to remove net-wire fence and replace it with barbed and smooth-wire fence in order to help pronghorn and mule deer migration.

”It was a great time with lots of smiles and enthusiasm,” said BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Nancy Patterson. “About 47 folks removed 1.75 miles of network fence!”

Photos by Megan Baumeister, Sunlight Sports and NPLD partner and selfie by BLMer Nancy Patterson. Visit our My Public Lands Flickr for more photos as NPLD events occur across the country. 

President Barack Obama declares September 29, 2012 as National Public Lands Day

President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday, September 29 as National Public Lands Day. In the proclamation, President Obama states, “Cities and communities across our country will join together to restore the lands and waters we share, and families nationwide will explore the natural splendor that stretches from our Atlantic shores to the Pacific’s rocky coasts.”

This is the fourth year in a row that National Public Lands Day has received a Presidential Proclamation. 


BLM Prepares for National Public Lands Day 2013

Bluebirds, chickadees, swallows and other cavity-nesting birds will have new homes this year at Chilly Slough Wetland in Thousand Springs Valley in Eastern Idaho.  Local high school students helped the BLM build birdhouses that will be installed by volunteers for the National Public Lands Day event on August 10.

By: Krista Berumen


National Public Lands Day 2015 a Rousing Success 

Last weekend, thousands of volunteers came together across the country to lend a hand in caring for our public lands. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event on public lands, and this year on September 26 (and alternate dates where needed due to weather concerns) volunteers participated in NPLD at one of 135 different BLM-managed sites around the country.

NPLD is organized nationwide by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), which is based in Washington, DC. NPLD is NEEF’s signature event, and this year as many as 175,000 citizens were anticipated to serve at a record 2,500 sites nationwide. The BLM is proud to be one of the leading federal partners for NPLD, and this year volunteers worked on close to 200 separate projects on BLM-managed lands.

To give just a few examples, in Alaska, volunteers joined in revegetation efforts at Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage. In California, volunteers helped restore a wildfire burn area through the Bishop Field Office. Coloradans partnered with the San Juan Mountains Association in Cortez to remove litter and reverse the impacts from public dumping and recreational shooting on the trails. At the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area in Florida, volunteers participated in tract clean-up, exotic plant removal, and mangrove seedling collection and potting. In Idaho, volunteers helped complete the Parker Trail within the Big Jacks Creek Wilderness Area. And at Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area, new Assistant Director for the Natural Conservation Lands and Community Partnerships Kristin Bail was “proud to work alongside our wonderful volunteers to preserve public lands right outside our nation’s capital.”

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It’s Take a Hike Day! Some of the best hiking trails in the world wind through America’s public lands. Whether you’re taking a day hike or spending the summer on the Appalachian Trail, you’re sure to see amazing sights and enjoy the fresh air. Pictured here is a hiker on the North Marshall Trail in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. What’s your favorite hiking trail? Photo by National Park Service.