This Saturday, outdoor lovers have a chance to give back to some of the United States’ treasured nature reserves for National Public Lands Day. It’s the largest single-day volunteer effort in the country, and over 170,000 volunteers are expected to help plant trees, remove trash, restore habitats and beautify their public gardens, beaches and parks. This day is set aside annually to promote the importance of protecting our environment and conserving nature. If you love hands-on activities and don’t mind getting a little messy, this is a great way to connect with nature and help our environment.
And to celebrate, the National Park Service is waiving the entry fees to all national parks, so If you don’t plan on volunteering this weekend, be sure to get outdoors and take advantage of this great opportunity to explore some of America’s treasures.
Our National Parks guide will help you plan a visit to a park near you. For those thrill-seekers, check out our list of exhilarating national park activities, such as sandboarding in Colorado. Find it hard to enjoy the great outdoors with so many tourists? Here are our picks for the most under-the-radar national parks, so you can get a little peace and quiet. Lastly, Travel Channel is working with Zipcar to make getting to your favorite park even easier. So what are you waiting for? Discover your inner Lewis & Clark or Marco Polo because adventure is out there!