Celebrating National Public Lands Day on Sept. 24

Give back to Washington’s great outdoors on this Discover Pass free day

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

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 2022

NEEF is maintaining and building on the theme of “Giving Back Together” for NPLD 2022. The theme recognizes the way public lands served as a “save haven for recreation, conversation, and the simple enjoyment of being outside the confines of our homes” during the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of giving back to the outdoor spaces we love.

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 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.

A lot to celebrate

Sept. 24 isn’t just National Public Lands Day in Washington state, it’s also National Hunting and Fishing Day! Since 1972, National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of September to recognize generations of sports people for their contributions to our nation’s rich sporting heritage and natural resources.



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