Each year, we ask Americans to set aside one day – the last Saturday in September – to “lend a hand to the lands” that we use to hike, bike, climb, swim, explore, picnic or simply relax. One third of America’s land is in public hands, and it’s our duty to steward and preserve it.

National Public Lands Day is a celebration of the work, play and learning that takes place on public lands every day. National Public Lands Day will be on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

Volunteers will be performing service projects such as trail maintenance, invasive exotic removal and trash removal at Arch Creek Park. Every year, we receive increased participation and invaluable improvements to the lands by committed volunteers. For a continuously growing list of current events visit

We are encouraging volunteers and visitors to remember that public lands offer a great option for getting active outside. Research shows that one step to preventing childhood obesity, diabetes and depression is getting kids and families to spend more time outside.

An estimated 175,000 volunteers will grab shovels and gloves to improve more than 2,100 sites across the country as part of National Public Lands Day.

Last year, NPLD volunteers:

  • Collected an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants
  • Built and maintained an estimated 1,500 miles of trails
  • Planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants
  • Removed an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other places
  • Saved taxpayers an estimated $18 million through volunteer services to improve public lands across the country

If you are interested in participating for National Public Lands Day, please contact the park naturalist staff by email or phone 305-944-6111.

Check in starts at 9:00am
Work day starts at 9:30am to 12:30pm.

There will also be roaming performances by Fantasy Theatre Factory’s Famous Trash Monster. Funding provided by Miami-Dade Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM).

Arch Creek Park will be one of the host sites for National Public Lands day, which will be celebrating their 20th anniversary. The event will be taking place on Saturday, September 28th from 8am to 12pm. Volunteer hours will be awarded to any individuals that need them.

To register to volunteer at Arch Creek Park during National Public Lands Day, go to the following website to register.

NPLD 2013

Helping Hands for America’s Lands
Join us on September 24, 2011 from 9am -12pm

There is a special joy in getting our hands dirty when it helps keep our land beautiful. consider that one-third of the land in America is ours – public land where we can all hike, bike, climb, swim, explore, picnic or just plain relax. National Public Lands Day is an opportunity to spruce up these lands while helping us get back to some these places we love.

On September 24th, an estimated 180,000 volunteers around the nation will build trails and bridges, pull invasive weeds, plant trees, remove trash and have fun getting back to nature. At the same time, they’ll get quite a workout on America’s public lands, the gym with a view. They’ll learn about water conservation, invasive species, trail maintenance and other issues affecting public lands as well as take part in a service endeavor fed with the energy of volunteers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

Join the thousands who will take part in the 18th annual National Public Lands Day and help do your part for America’s lands.

Visit National Public Lands Day at

If your interested in volunteering at Arch Creek Park, please contact the park naturalist at 305-944-6111