Originally published in 2013, but updated and republished each year as new information becomes available for the current year.
“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 22, 2018. 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 events in New Jersey
Currently, there are 5 events throughout New Jersey participating in National Public Lands Day. Events include clearing invasive shrubs, weeding, or planting to beautify our public spaces so dress accordingly.
- Cherry Hill Open Space Lands – Join the Cherry Hill Environmental Board (CHEB) to help improve the Township’s Open Space lands by improving trails, removing invasive species, clean up litter, and learning about the importance of these actions for nature. If you need to complete volunteer hours, CHEB will sign documents certifying your hours. 9 AM – 12 PM
- Ernie Oros Woodbridge River Celebration From 9AM – 11AM residents are encouraged to clean up local parks and playgrounds. After that, join us for a free festival with music and food. Sign up for a walking tour or kayak with NJ/NY Baykeeper. Meet us at Ernie Oros Wildlife Preserve, Omar Avenue, Avenel 10 AM – 2 PM
- 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! 1 PM – 4 PM
- 3rd Annual Green Fair, Farmers’ Market and Shred Event, Farm Market Vendors (Food / Flowers), Recycling Info, Shred Truck, Energy Saving Tips, Live Music & Food (Pop Shop Food Truck), Local Environmental Groups, Demos for Healthy Living, Electric Cars & Solar Info, Retire American Flags, Donate Books to Friend of the Library, Donate supplies to Animal Shelter. 9 AM – 2 PM Pfeiffer Community Center Main Street and Bluebell Road Williamstown NJ
- National Public Lands Day Volunteer Project at Bass River State Forest We’ll be spreading chips on the Red Dot trail, planting native milkweed, trimming trails and repairing the entrance driveway. This area of the forest is part of the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve. Meet at the Forest Office at 762 Stage Road at 9:30 am to check and then carpool to the site. Bring gloves and insect repellent; snacks and tools provided. Heavy rain or thunder cancels. This is a great opportunity for students and scouts to participate for community service hours. 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM Bass River State Forest-Ballanger Creek Habitat Enhancement Site 762 Stage Road
Not in New Jersey? Check the National Public Lands Day website for an event near you.
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 22, 2018, 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!
To view more family events in New Jersey and Philadelphia please visit our New Jersey Calendar of Events.