A deer hunter enjoys the beautiful country and public land opportunity of WDFW’s Methow Wildlife Area in Okanogan County near Winthrop. (Kevin Puzey)
A deer hunter enjoys the beautiful country and public land opportunity of WDFW’s Methow Wildlife Area in Okanogan County near Winthrop. (Kevin Puzey)

Celebrating National Public Lands Day

Give back to your open spaces on this Discover Pass free day

Any time is the right time to honor your public lands, but September holds a special opportunity to show appreciation for this invaluable resource by taking part in National Public Lands Day (NPLD).

Fee-free day

NPLD is also a “fee-free day” when a Discover Pass is not needed on lands managed by WDFW, State Parks, or the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

NPLD 2021

NEEF is maintaining and building on the theme of “More Ways to Connect to Nature” for NPLD 2021.

Get involved

For NPLD events in Washington, you can use NEEF’s interactive map to find virtual and in-person NPLD events near you. The map connects you to event details and registration information.

More NPLD info

For a wealth of information on this celebration of public lands, visit the main NPLD website. There you’ll find more details on organizing an event, attending an event, an FAQ, the impact of past years’ events, partner organizations, virtual volunteer engagement information, and more.

A hiker negotiates a trail in the Royal Basin of the Olympic Mountains. (Naomi Gross)
A hiker follows a trail in the Royal Basin of the Olympic Mountains. (Naomi Gross)

Your public lands

When it comes to public lands, there’s a lot to appreciate in Washington and much to explore on a fee-free day.

About NEEF

According to their website, NEEF is a leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, creating opportunities for people to experience and learn about the environment in ways that improve their lives and the health of the planet. Congressionally chartered in 1990 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to complement the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NEEF is a non-partisan, non-advocacy organization working to make the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant, and connected to people’s daily lives.

Share your outdoor adventures for a chance to win outdoor gear!

Send us your best photos of how you spend time outdoors! Your photos may be featured on WDFW’s Facebook and Instagram to celebrate the variety of ways people enjoy outdoor lifestyles and to inspire others to spend time in nature.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources.