On Sept. 26, we celebrate National Public Lands Day. What exactly does that mean? It’s a chance to relish in one of America’s greatest assets: our abundance of wild places. We’ve put together a list of ways you can engage with and help protect public lands—on the official holiday and everyday. 

Help us pull barbed wire fencing on BLM lands at Sutey Ranch as part of our restoration project series. Left over from when the property was used for ranching, these fences prevent wildlife from moving freely and we’ll help to restore this critical piece of wildlife habitat. Register here.

Take a guided, socially distanced walk in the woods with us. To celebrate Latino Heritage Month, our Defiende Nuestra Tierra program director will lead a bilingual hike on a beautiful, 3.2-mile, lightly trafficked loop trail up Babbish Gulch near Sunlight Ski Area. The aspens should be spectacular! Register here.

Watch “Public Trust” with Wilderness Workshop and Aspen Film. This powerful new documentary deep-dives into the forces that are trying to make a grab for America’s public lands. You’ll be able to view it from the comfort of your home, Sept. 23-26, and then tune in for a recorded panel discussion with leaders from the work to protect Bears Ears and the Thompson Divide. Sign up here.

Become an activist. Write a letter to your state representatives or take action on an issue that we’re currently working on by visiting our Take Action page.

Pledge your support for the 30 by 30 Initiative, a worldwide campaign that calls for conserving 30% of the planet’s lands and waters by 2030, in order to reverse the effects of climate change globally.

Visit a National Park—for free! Admission to the country’s national parks is free on National Public Lands Day. Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes and Colorado National Monument are all special places this time of year. 

Verify your voter registration and then encourage a friend or family member to do the same. Plan for the upcoming election and make sure to vote in favor of public lands.

Visit your favorite trail or use this as an opportunity to try something new. Whether it’s a hike, birdwatching, mountain biking or a horseback ride, spending time in nature can actually reduce stress, anxiety and depression. This should be prime leaf-peeping season as well, so enjoy those golden hues.

❱ Show your love for public lands on social.  Download the “I HEART Public Lands” graphic below and share it on your favorite social media platforms.

Thompson Divide by Jon Mullen Photography