Recreation | Public Lands Every Day

America's public lands are the ultimate playground. You can hike, bike, paddle, bird watch, swim, fish and explore while being surrounded by amazing natural resources and scenic vistas. Visiting public lands is a great way to keep your body and mind fit. Public Lands Every Day is currently working with partners to provide public land professionals the tools and resources needed to connect local communities with their public lands.

Ten Ways to Get Kids Active Outside - Read our top 10 list on engaging youth in outdoor activities. They pair well with service or educational projects.

Recreation | Play | Hit the Trail | Go Birding | Outdoor Ethics


Florida State ParksFlorida State Parks logo

Florida State Parks use #NPLD to launch a new series of programs. Guides provide their public land managers with tips on how to host a joint recreation and clean up activity, including:

-- Introduction to Camping Campsite Beautification
-- Paddling Tour Shoreline Cleanup
-- Photo Scavenger Hunt Litter Collection

The Outdoor Alliance

Outdoor Alliance Logo The Outdoor Alliance is a coalition of recreation organizations and their members who are committed to the conservation and stewardship of our nation's land and waters through the promotion of sustainable, human-powered recreation. Public Lands Every Day and The Outdoor Alliance are currently working on developing resources that will highlight the tools that are available from The Outdoor Alliance member organizations developed for public lands professionals. MORE + logo Federal public lands offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities to visitors. You can camp, hike, bike and climb, among other activities. If you are interested in spending time at a federal public land, but are not sure how to begin, make your first stop MORE +

National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)

National Recreation and Park Association Logo NRPA is the leading advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks and recreation opportunities. Founded in 1965 through the merger of five national organizations dedicated to the same cause, NRPA has grown over the years in total membership, outreach efforts, building partnerships and serving as the voice and defender of parks and recreation. NRPA's America's Backyard initiative offers free resources such as research papers focused on playground safety and the benefits of physical activity in our parks. MORE +

Girl recreating on a canoe.

Get Outdoors USA!

National Get Outdoors Day is an annual event each June to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Participating partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and nontraditional types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching first time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the grea t outdoors. MORE +

National Park Trust

The National Park Trust is dedicated to the preservation of public lands, the creation of new open spaces and engaging adults and youth in getting outdoors. National Kids to Parks Day is a signature youth event to get families out into public lands that they have not visited before. MORE +


Nickelodeon's Big Help

Nicokelodeon invites kids to be active in their community and help out people, animals and the planet. Kids can share videos and photos of their positive work, play online games and utilize resources to advance their efforts. The World Wide Day of Play is an annual celebration by Nickelodeon to get kids to turn the television off, get outside and go play! MORE +


KaBoom! Logo KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing play back into the lives of our children. KaBOOM! facilitates this by building innovative, kid-inspired play-spaces, using a community-build model which improves the well-being of the children they serve, as well as, the communities in which they live. They create platforms and opportunities for the collaborative sharing and continual improvement of knowledge and tools needed for anyone to build playgrounds on their own. MORE +

Hit the Trail

American Hiking Society (AHS)

American Hiking Society Logo As the national voice for America's hikers, AHS promotes and protects foot trails and the hiking experience. As a recreation based nonprofit organization, AHS champions conservation issues, builds partnerships between public and private stakeholders and provides critical resources to plan, fund and develop foot trails. National Trails Day, AHS's signature trail awareness event, inspires the public and trail enthusiasts to seek out and enjoy their favorite trails every June. MORE +

Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)ATC logo

The mission of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is to preserve and manage the  Appalachian Trail (A.T.)– ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow and for centuries to come. The A.T. extends roughly 2,180 miles through 14 states from Georgia to Maine and is marked by white rectangular blazes. This vast trail system provides a wide array of hiking and walking opportunities, ranging from day hikes to long-distance hikes. If you're interested in hiking the A.T., check out ATC's Hiking Basics resources, which includes a downloadable guide, Step by Step: An Introduction to Walking the Appalachian Trail.

ATC's annual Family Hiking Day, held in conjunction with National Public Lands Day, provides an opportunity to introduce children and families to the Appalachian Trail and to the benefits that come from being active and spending time outdoors. MORE+

Go Birding


Audubon Logo Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Its national network of community based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences. The Get Outside section of their website contains helpful tips on how to go birding and where to find Audubon nature centers. MORE +


BirdNote Logo

Birding is great for individuals and families of all ages, no matter where you live. Our friends at BirdNote have created a guide to help you get outdoors and watching birds. This resource includes mobile apps and tips on how to plan your next bird watching trip, whether you have a few hours or a few days.
BirdNote is a two-minute radio show that combines rich sounds with engaging stories, to illustrate the amazing lives of birds and give listeners a moment to hear the sounds of nature. The shows are aired on public radio stations daily and listed online. Additional resources include photos and stories about the environment. MORE+

Cornell's All About Birds

Cornell's Lab of Ornithology is a nationwide leader in the study of birds. One of the goals of the lab is to help the public better understand bird biology, movement and conservation and utilize the public's interest in birds to support research studies. The All About Birds website is an online field guide with extensive information about U.S. birds, tips on how to go birding and numerous, easy to read science articles on wildlife. The Cornell Lab encourages people to get involved in bird conservation by taking part in citizen science projects, such as Project FeederWatch, NestWatch and My Yard eBird. One of the largest citizen science projects in the country is the annual, Great Backyard Bird Count, which takes place in late winter each year. Bird enthusiasts of all skill levels are invited to submit data on the birds they find in their own neighborhood. MORE +

Family at Talladega National Forest in 2010.

Outdoor Ethics

Tread Lightly!

The mission of Tread Lightly! is to encourage outdoor recreation and safe, ethical usage of public lands. Visit the education section of their website to download curriculum and watch informative videos. MORE +