National Public Lands Day (NPLD) began in 1994 with three sites across the nation and 700 volunteers. It proved to be such a huge success that it has since become a yearly tradition and the nationís largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
Typically held on the last Saturday in September, NPLD 2016 will take place on Saturday, September 24. Join in this year's NPLD by volunteering for the Forest Preserve at Isle a la Cache preserve
Last year, nearly 200,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated at 2,520 public land sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Forest Preserve hosted 79 volunteers who collected seeds and removed invasive plants so that native flora could flourish. Additional volunteer opportunities
exist through the end of the year at locations throughout the District.Photo by Phyllis Schulte