• Our Work

    We create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.

    Photo: Darcy Kiefel

Our Work

The Trust for Public Land works to protect the places people care about and to create close-to-home parks—particularly in and near cities, where 80 percent of Americans live. Our goal is to ensure that every child has easy access to a safe place to play in nature. We also conserve working farms, ranches, and forests; lands of historical and cultural importance; rivers, streams, coasts, and watersheds; and other special places where people can experience nature close at hand.



Our public lands

Yosemite Valley at dawn
The lands we share are under attack from all sides -- find out what you can do.

Fitness Zone® Program

A woman works out at the Marva Y. Bannerman Park Fitness Zone in Miami, FL
Free, accessible outdoor gyms that anyone can use.

Climate-Smart Cities™

Climate-Smart Cities
Our Climate-Smart Cities program helps cities meet the climate challenge.

Ackerson Meadows

Ackerson Valley, California
We helped Yosemite National Park grow by 400 acres.

Creative Placemaking

Maywood Avenue Park dragon, Los Angeles
Creating parks, expressing culture, strengthening communities.

Chicago's 606

The 606
The 606 is an innovative project on Chicago's Northwest side that has transformed nearly three miles of unused rail line into the elevated Bloomingdale Trail.

Explore our work

Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.

Chattanooga's Parks Investment Great for Business
Over the last two decades The Trust for Public Land has been a partner in the City of Chattanooga's investments in dozens of new parks and natural areas. This investment has paid off, as new businesses -- most notably Volkswagen -- have been attracted to a revitalized Chattanooga.