What We Do
Programs and resources that inspire, mobilize, and improve access for people to conserve, sustainably utilize, and develop a deeper connection with our public lands
giving back together
At NEEF, we seek to cultivate an environmentally conscious and responsible public by providing opportunities for all Americans to give back to their local public lands through volunteer service.
In addition to National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands, our programs and initiatives inspire and mobilize everyday Americans to help conserve, sustainably utilize, and develop a deeper connection with our public lands.
Recovery and Healing on Public Lands
The 2022 NPLD event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park highlighted how being outdoors and volunteering on NPLD is not only beneficial to public lands but can positively affect our mental health.
Take a deep dive into the projects supported by NEEF's Restoration & Resilience Fund. In 2020 and 2021, the Fund distributed resources and mobilized volunteers to repair, clean, and recover our public lands that experienced drastic surges in usage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding Opportunities and Outcomes
NEEF’s grants support projects dedicated to the restoration, resilience, and conservation of public lands. This includes projects that increase accessibility and diversity in these shared spaces and use them as outdoor classrooms for STEM and Environmental Education for people of all ages.
NEEF Conservation Grant Supports Biodiversity in the California Floristic Province
In April 2021, NEEF and Toyota Motor North America announced $220,000 in grant funding to support biodiversity...
Bay Area Nonprofit Drives Accessibility on Public Lands Thanks to NEEF Grant
Picture this: It's a beautiful summer Saturday. You've been looking forward to checking out the new hiking...
Check out the stories below to learn more about NEEF's conservation programs and initiatives.
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How To Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Outdoor Gear
July is National Park and Recreation Month—a time to celebrate the benefits of your local parks and favorite...
Local nonprofit helps Colorado community heal from wildfire devastation through environmental stewardship
It was like something out of an old John Ford Western: on the morning of June 1, 2018, a coal-fired locomotive...
Increasing Accessibility Makes the Outdoors Open for All
July 26 marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that...
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Fostering a sense of stewardship through education and engagement on America's public lands