Get Outside & Help on National Public Lands Day at these Great Events

Posted on: September 5th, 2017 by
Originally published in 2013, but updated and republished each year as new information becomes available for the current year.

National Public Lands Day

“Helping Hands for America’s Lands”

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. This year, the 23rd Anniversary of National Public Lands Day will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017.   Helping beautify our public spaces is a great way to get out and move with your family!  Find a new outdoor space to explore, help the environment, and instill a sense of civic responsibility in your children.


National Public Lands Day


National Public Lands Day events in New Jersey


Currently, there are 5 events throughout New Jersey participating in National Public Lands Day.  Some are NOT on Public Lands Day, 9/30, so please read carefully. Events include clearing invasive shrubs, weeding, or planting to beautify our public spaces.

  • Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife HELD ON OCTOBER 28 – Refuge will host a Wildlife Drive cleanup day at 800 E. Great Creek Road, Oceanville, NJ, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The cleanup event is part of a national effort for National Public Lands Day. Gloves, grabbers, trash and recycle bags will be supplied. Lunch will be supplied courtesy of Friends of Forsythe. Please call to register 609-652-1665.
  • Cherry Hill Open Space Lands HELD ON 9/23 – Join the Cherry Hill Environmental Board as we improve selected township trails and open space. Trail maintenance and improvement, invasive species removal, and trash pick up activities are planned. The conservation value of all the activities will be presented and discussed. Wear work clothes and shoes. Apply insect repellent and sun screen as needed. Work gloves, water and snacks will be provided. Meet at Croft Farm. Activities will be held here and at other Cherry Hill Township Trails and Open Space lands.9 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Attention all volunteer chalk artists – how creative can you be in a 3 foot by 2 foot asphalt canvas? Join Art from the Heart and the National Park Service as we host the 5th annual asphalt art program on Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Meet us at New Jersey’s newest National Park, Paterson Great Falls, at 72 McBride Avenue; Paterson, NJ 10 AM – 2 PM


National Public Lands Day


  • Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands for an afternoon of stewardship in the Mapleton Preserve, former home site of Princeton Nurseries. We will be tending trees in the Arboretum, clearing brush and vines from ornamental trees, and collecting litter. All are welcome. Participants are invited to bring their favorite tools to the event–loppers, saws, rakes and shovels. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and work gloves! 10 AM – 12 PM
  • Rally to extend the Middlesex Greenway HELD ON OCTOBER 1 The Middlesex Greenway Coalition teams up with the Metuchen Environmental Commission for a walk and rally to support extending the Middlesex Greenway to the Dismal Swamp, for National Public Lands Day. Sunday October 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Trailhead Park, western end of the Greenway, Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen. Rain or shine.
  • Milford Beach Public Use Area Re-Design – Join us at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area as we make improvements to the Milford Beach visitor use area, located in the northern end of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, by teaming up to remove invasive plants and replace with native plants! Tools, equipment, and light refreshments will be provided. Please bring water.



National Public Lands Day


Not in New Jersey? Check the National Public Lands Day website for an event near you.


Starting off on the bike tour at Sandy Hook

Starting off on the bike tour at Sandy Hook


Can’t attend a clean up event?

In conjunction with National Public Lands Day The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management have all declared National Public Lands Day on September 30, 2017, as a fee-free day. The Army Corps of Engineers has waived day-use fees at their parks.  In New Jersey, this includes Thomas Edison National Historical Park and Morristown National Historical Park.  Check ahead at other parks to be sure they’re participating!


Morristown National Park


To view more family events in New Jersey and Philadelphia please visit our New Jersey Calendar of Events.


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