National Public Lands Day

On September 30, 2017, join hundreds of thousands of people at public lands sites across the country to take part in the annual National Public Lands Day!

#NPLD is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Through NPLD, The Bureau of Land Management – Las Cruces District, Southern New Mexico Trail Alliance and Friends of Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks are working together to connect our community to public lands, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation and general health.

Local Events


Lend a hand in a volunteer project and have fun at the same time by bringing your family, friends, classmates, students, or coworkers of any age or ability to spend the day outdoors enjoying your public lands. #NPLD is a fee-free day at all federally managed public land sites!

Junior Ranger Activities

Dripping Springs Natural Area – 9am-12pm. Make pictographs, take a hike, and earn your Junior Ranger Badge!

 Volunteer Opportunities

Trail Work – Dripping Springs Natural Area


Meet at the Visitor’s Center at 9am. Lend a hand to take care of the trails with Southern New Mexico Trail Alliance. Trail maintenance will consist of clipping back vegetation and tread work to improve drainage. SNMTA will provide the tools, gloves, and guidance. Please bring anything you need including water, snacks, and appropriate clothing (hat, pants, long sleeves, closed toe shoes, sunglasses, etc.). No need to register – just come to the visitor’s center at 9am.

Illegal Dumping Cleanup – North of Las Cruces, off Doña Ana Road


Meet at the cleanup site at 9am. (Link to site below) Friends of Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks and the Bureau of Land Management are partnering to clean up an illegal dumping site on public lands north of Las Cruces off of Doña Ana Road. Because this dump site is full of glass and other trash objects that can be harmful to young children, only volunteers 12 years of age and older will be allowed to volunteer. This will be hard but rewarding work – shoveling trash and carrying buckets to the truck as well as stooping and bending repeatedly. Attire recommendations: boots (hiking), leather gloves, hat, long pants, long sleeve shirt, sunglasses. Don’t forget water and sunscreen. If you have 5-gallon buckets, flat or rounded shovels, and rakes, bring those too.

Map of Location:

RSVP by emailing your name, phone number and the number of people attending, to