Conservation Stories: REI Encourages Members to Volunteer for National Public Lands Day


The work at Conservation Alliance wouldn't be possible without all of our outdoor industry brand members. But a lot of them aren't only involved with Conservation Alliance; many of our member brands are committed to a diverse variety of environmental causes. Every Thursday we'll be featuring a cross-post from one of our member companies to highlight the causes that they're active in. Today we're featuring a post from REI's blog about getting out and volunteering for this Saturday's National Public Lands Day.


Our nation’s public lands are the places where most of us go to enjoy the outdoors. Whether we visit our neighborhood green space or a national park, public lands give us a chance to enjoy fresh air wherever we live or travel.

I rely on public lands for all the best places to use my beloved outdoor gear, and you probably do, too. That’s why I’m hoping you and your friends will join one of the events of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sepetember 25.

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is our nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the lands that we all enjoy. Not sure what qualifies as “public land?” Public lands include municipal, county, regional, state and national parks as well as US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. Like I said, pretty much everywhere that we go to get outside.

I’m also pleased to point out that REI supports hundreds of local organizations through our grants program and local store partnerships that engage volunteers in restoring and sustaining public lands all year long.

If you’re a member of the REI co-op, you can be proud to be playing a part in helping to take care of these places. However, we’d love it if you would come out and join us in playing an active role in stewarding public lands. Find your local store page and check the classes and events section to see if they’re hosting or promoting an NPLD event in your community.

You can also find events by entering your state or zip code on the National Public Lands Day website. REI’s partnership with VolunteerMatch is yet another way to search for local volunteer stewardship events on public lands in your community. Try it out—it feels great to get involved.

As an added incentive to get out and spend some time on your public lands this weekend, The National Parks will be fee-free on Saturday and Sunday.