Homer Glen Lands Day was originally created in 2002 to be part of the National Public Lands Day event, which is celebrated annually throughout the United States on the fourth Saturday in September. According to the National Park Service, “National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and general health.”
The Village did not own any public land in 2002, so the Environment Committee created the Community and Nature in Harmony award as a way to recognize and inspire environmental stewardship. The Committee has also planted a tree on public property every year to recognize the day.