Host Site Registration: Appalachian Ohio National Public Lands Day
The 24th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) taking place on September 30th, 2017 is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Through NPLD, people become more connected to public lands in their community. Participants develop a sense of pride for public lands by helping to steward them through service and participants can enjoy being outside through recreational or educational activities happening on National Public Lands Day.

In 2017, we are joining forces in an effort to hold the largest Public Lands Day event across Appalachian Ohio. Thank you for your interest in becoming a host site for the Appalachian Ohio National Public Lands Day event.

Sites in Appalachian Ohio may register through June 30th. All public lands are eligible to participate in National Public Lands Day. With permission, "Friends of" groups may also register an event on behalf of an entity who manages public land. Although NPLD is on September 30th, we are making Friday September 29th, and Sunday, October 1st available to celebrate public lands over NPLD weekend. Some groups may also choose to have multiple events scheduled to accomplish their goals.

If you have questions about registering your site, please contact Shannon Stewart at 740-767-4938 or

Learn More About National Public Lands Day (2016 Video)
Host Sites Will Receive:
- A packet with instructions on how to host a successful event at your selected site with best management practices, volunteer sign in sheet, special use permit instructions for state or federal lands
- Listing as an official NPLD site on Rural Action's webpage
- Graphics package to help promote your NPLD site online through newsletters, e-mails, and social media
- News release templates to help you promote your site to local newspapers
- News release template to let people know you are recruiting volunteers (After June 30th)
- One-day volunteer and participant coordination! We will send a list of participants expected at your site ahead of your event. You can opt out of this perk if you'd rather recruit your own volunteers.
- Instructions for follow-up and event statistics
Important Information
1. This form should take about 20 minutes to complete.

2. If you are planning to host more than one site, each participating site requires a new form.

3. Registered sites will be updated on a continual basis. Please check to make sure that another organization or group has not already selected the same site that you are registering. If your site has already been selected, we will provide contact information to put you in touch with the other group. Check here:

4. You must have permission of the managing organization or agency to hold an event. For example, events held in a State Park must have permission from the park Manager and a Special Use Permit must be completed and approved.

5. Appalachian Ohio National Public Lands Day is part of National Public Lands Day. The information you provide to us will be used on the National Public Lands Day website, for marketing purposes.

6. If you can no longer participate please contact Shannon at 740-767-4938 or

Appalachian Ohio Public Lands Day is Taking Place in Partnership With:
Buckeye Trail, Rural Action, Wayne National Forest, Ohio Stream Restore Corps, and Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Section 1: Your Event
Tell us about your organization and mission in 50 words or fewer: *
Your answer
Tell us About Your Event. What will happen during the event? Why should people volunteer? What types of activities are taking place? Is your event for all ages? Please limit your description to 200 words. Please note that descriptions may be edited for space on the official listing: *
Your answer
In the event of inclement weather, what is the plan? Will light rain cancel, or only thunderstorms? Will the event continue rain, snow, or shine? *
Your answer
Can people park at the site or do they have to carpool or walk to the site? Where should they meet?
Your answer
Who from the general public do you mainly want to come to your event? *
Site Name (ex. Burr Oak State Park): *
Your answer
Please list GPS coordinates (latitude and longitude) of your event's MEETING place. *
Your answer
Please Indicate the Activities Occurring at Your Event: *
Please List the Website URL of Your Site (Example: Lake Hope State Park Website)
Your answer
National Public Lands Day is a Great Event to Engage With Public Officials and Policy Makers. What legislative district is your event happening in? To find out what district your event is in click here:
Your answer
What Day(s) is your event? *
Event Start Time: *
Event End Time *
If you event spans multiple days, please list days and all start/end times here:
Your answer
Event Street Address (cross streets or GPS coordinates if no physical address) *
Your answer
Event City *
Your answer
Event State *
Your answer
Event Zip Code *
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What is the Closest Metropolitan Area to Your Site? (For Marketing) *
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Is your organization/agency willing to host an end of day get-together to celebrate the day with event participants in your area? This may include additional site participants from nearby locations. Examples are organizing a meet-up at a local restaurant or bar or having a cookout. If you select yes, we will contact you for additional details for your meet-up.
Some resources or tools may be available on loan from our partners to help you have a successful event. Please tell us if you would like us to follow-up with you about the possibility of borrowing any of these items. Please note: we cannot guarantee availability, but will do our best to help you have a successful event.
What type of land agency is hosting your event? *
What type of public land is your site located on? *
Do you have permission from the managing agency? *
Have you completed any required forms by the managing organization or agency for your site? *
Would you like our help recruiting and tracking volunteers and participants?
If you would like help managing your audience...
If you would like Rural Action to track your participants/volunteers, please answer the applicable questions below.
We Are Setting Goals! How many participants would you like at your site to learn or enjoy the space ? *
Please write N/A if you are looking for volunteers instead OR if you want to recruit your own participants
Your answer
How many volunteers or participants can your site manage? If you reach your maximum limit we will make a note on your public listing and on the sign-up questionnaire that your event is full. *
Please write N/A if you are looking for participants instead OR if you want to recruit your own volunteers.
Your answer
Do Any of the Following Organizations or Groups Plan to Participate in Your Event?
Section II: Tell us About the Site Coordinator/Organization
(If you have selected to manage your own volunteers or participants, the contact listed here will be the RSVP.)
Contact First Name: *
Your answer
Contact Last Name: *
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Contact E-mail: *
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Contact Phone Number: *
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Contact Organization Name: *
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Contact Organization Website URL
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Send us Your Logo
Please send your organization / agency logo to Your logo will be included on Rural Action's website with your NPLD listing. We may also use the logo to market the event to volunteers. If you have difficulty sending your logo, please contact Susi Acord at 740-677-4047 ext. 11.
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