The Outdoors Unites Us

Celebrating National Public Lands Day is the very definition of finding common ground.

September 26, 2017

If you’re like us, you’re desperate to find some common ground—literal and figurative. Luckily, it’s out there. It’s called public land, and it’s calling us to come together. This Saturday, you can do just that by joining with your fellow outdoorists to set aside our differences and celebrate our shared treasures. It’s National Public Lands Day, and as equal-interest owners, we all have the opportunity and the obligation to be stewards of those lands. Roll up your sleeves and lace your boots to celebrate but also to give back to your favorite outdoor places. Whether you’re up for a hike, trail work or want to learn more about public lands near you, here are five things you can do to mark the occasion.

Take It Outside
Spend Saturday outside and giving back by volunteering at a park, monument or forest near you. The National Environmental Education Foundation has a master list of NPLD events in every state. Enter your zip code and see what’s happening in your neck of the woods.

Take A Selfie; Spread The Message
Our friends at Backcountry Hunters & Anglers are spreading good vibes with their #PublicLandOwner video project. They’re encouraging brands, organizations, and the public to record a quick selfie video explaining why they love public lands. OIA’s Sustainability Working Group jumped on board last week and recorded this video (link to video). You can do the same. Gather your co-workers, record your video, and then share it with your social followers using the hashtag #PublicLandOwner.

Give ’em the Numbers
In case you missed it, we released the Outdoor Recreation Economy State Reports, which list the economic value of outdoor recreation in each state. It goes without saying that our public lands play a major role in state and local economies, which is why it’s important to tell your legislators to protect these places. Find your state’s report in our Advocacy Center, and download and send the report to your elected official.

Put a Lid On It
Show your love for public lands and help kids get outside at the same time by purchasing a This Land Is Your Land trucker hat from BOCO Gear. All proceeds from the sale of these hats go to Parks for Kids Utah. This program helps non-profits get Utah’s youth outdoors and exploring the great outdoors. If you want to support a Parks 4 Kids project close to home, visit the Parks 4 Kids website and search for projects in your region of the country.

Get Inspired
What makes the outdoor industry so unique is that we all agree on one thing: Public lands must be protected. And the best way to protect our public lands is by joining forces. This year, we searched the industry for brands working together in support of public lands. Visit our #TogetherWeAreAForce page to see what brands and organizations are doing to protect public lands, together.

Spread the Word
Encourage your social media fans to get involved with this handy toolkit.