public lands day

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.


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.

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 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!

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.


Happy Arbor Day from Table Rocks in Oregon.

The 4,864-acre Table Rocks Management Area is cooperatively owned and administered by the BLM and natureconservancy.

The Table Rocks were designated in 1984 as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) to protect special plants and animal species, unique geologic and scenic values, and education opportunities. The remarkable diversity of the Table Rocks includes a spectacular spring wildflower display of over 75 species, including the dwarf wooly meadowfoam (Limnanthes floccosa ssp. pumila), which grows nowhere else on Earth but on the top of the Table Rocks. Vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi), federally listed as threatened, inhabit the seasonally formed vernal pools found on the tops of both rocks.


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.


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!


#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.


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. 


Happy #MLKDay!  Honoring History to Benefit Present and Future Generations

Today we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose dream of a better world has inspired millions to serve others.   We thank our BLM volunteers and employees who serve today and every day on public lands and in local communities - for the benefit of present and future generations.  #DayOfService


On This Day in 1967, the BLM designated nearly 62,000 acres of the Red Rock Recreation Lands in southern Nevada as its first recreation area.

Today, Red Rock Canyon is better known as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area. Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/ State Route 159. The area is 195,819 acres and is visited by more than one million people each year. 

In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock offers enticements of a different nature including a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and a visitor center. The unique geologic features, plants and animals of Red Rock represent some of the best examples of the Mojave Desert. 


Two weeks ago, Tess and I went to Big Quilcene on the Olympic Peninsula and did some trail work for public lands day. We met a lovely group of workers, including Dave and Bob, two guys who have clearly worked together for years on trails. They were hilarious to listen to on the car ride to the trailhead, and the actual work was hard, but not entirely draining. Tess and I had a great time, and the only pictures I got were at lunch - while we were sitting by the creek. The guy in red is Gregg, our team leader. 

photo by @drewtrush // Today is National Public Lands Day in the U.S., and is a volunteer effort to clean up public lands across the country. Thank you to all the volunteers out there today working to #leaveitbetterthanyoufoundit We should all take a minute today to do our part and help #cleanitup!
My favorite spot is definitely Grand Teton National Park. First established in 1929 and eventually expanded to contain 310,000 acres, it sits in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Where’s yours?
@natgeocreative @thephotosociety @drewtrush #greateryellowstoneecosystem by natgeo



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 some of the Nation’s most ecologically-diverse and essential habitat.

Parents, teachers and everyone young at heart, you can download and share Valentine’s Day cards that feature some of the cutest wildlife on your public lands!  Pictured here, wildilfe at Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area in California, BLM Photo.

Find a Valentine on My Public Lands Pinterest:

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.