PORTLAND, Ore., — National Public Lands Day is Sept. 24 and the USDA Forest Service is celebrating with a fee-free day and by hosting community events across the United States.
Visitors will enjoy fee-free access on Saturday to all Forest Service-managed sites where day-use fees are normally charged. In addition to offering fee-free access, some locations will host special celebrations and educational activities. National Public Lands Day is also celebrated with many volunteer events to “give back together” on National Forests and other public lands.
Please note: this one-day fee waiver does not apply to permits, campgrounds and cabins, or some expanded-amenity and concessionaire-managed sites.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day of volunteer activities. The day recognizes the immeasurable recreation and conservation value of America’s public lands. Across the United States in 2021, 46,227 volunteers participated in 536 events, contributing 185,108 hours of their time, which was valued at an estimated $5 million.