• Parks Unite Us

    Five reasons to unite for parks

    Our shared public spaces are the foundation for healthier, more equitable, more resilient communities 

  • Tanisha Tucker harvests saguaro fruit
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    A traditional harvest at Saguaro National Park

    Behind the search for a "desert superfood."

  • Kids play in a park sprinkler
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    The hazards of park disparities during heat waves

    The shade of a deep green park can be up to 17 degrees cooler than the surrounding neighborhood.

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For years, students at Dallas’s South Oak Cliff High School went to class in grim conditions. “The roof leaked, asbestos was everywhere, ...
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Mount Ascutney rises 3,000 feet above the town of West Windsor, Vermont. For generations, the ski resort at its base was the community’s ...
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This fall, we’re celebrating all the ways parks unite us : with one another, with our neighborhoods, and with ...
Parks Unite Us
Parks are a community superpower. The outdoors connect people to nature and to one another, to our neighborhoods, and to the world. This ...
A boy harvests kalo
Kolea Fukumitsu knows kalo. The starchy vegetable, also known as taro, is a traditional staple of Hawaiian diets, and Fukumitsu is in the ...
Tanisha Tucker harvests saguaro fruit
In the middle of the day, in the middle of Saguaro National Park, in the middle of June, not much moves on the land. Temperatures in the ...
Hikers along the trail near Bald Mountain Pond in Maine
Happy news for all who seek adventure: today we’re proud to announce the permanent protection of 2,620 acres of remote and rugged forest ...
A student during COVID-19
As families count down to the first day of school, one thing is for certain: the 2020-2021 school year will be unlike any other in our ...
Kids play in a park sprinkler
A heat wave swallowed much of the Eastern seaboard late last month, breaking temperature records from New Hampshire to Virginia, and ...
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Breaking news from Washington, DC: the Great American Outdoors Act was ...
John Lewis
We mourn the passing of John Lewis, the legendary civil rights organizer who served 17 terms as a congressman representing Georgia’s ...
A mom and young boy walk on a log
This week, we’re sending a little extra love to the parents out there. Since the start of the pandemic, our colleagues with kids at home ...
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“What has been missing in environmental policy is the link between environmental restoration and economic growth, both in our own ...
Delaware Water Gap
The Delaware River, the longest free-flowing waterway east of the Mississippi, meanders more than 300 miles from the Catskill Mountains in ...
Cecilia Munoz and Shanelle Smith Whigham
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary leaders. And as the coronavirus strains communities that are already unduly suffering from ...
A saguaro forest
Next to the 10-gallon hat and the cowboy boot, there is no more widely recognized symbol of the Southwest than the giant saguaro cactus. ...
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In New York City, playgrounds are open this week for the first time since April 1, with the addition of “social distancing ambassadors” to ...
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The Equipo Verde had their goals for 2020 all laid out: a calendar of community work days to clean up the neglected ...
People walk down a street
With the coronavirus spreading rapidly through cities, officials around the nation started to look for ways to give cooped-up residents ...
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The killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other Black Americans has rightfully stirred grief and anger across ...
People sunbathe in a park
If you feel like your local outdoor spot has been busier since the start of the pandemic, you might be right: across the country, park ...
A peregrine falcon flies over New York City
Many people in New York City know that wild things slither and fly through the network of underground tunnels and skyscraper canyons. The ...
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We’re at a turning point for parks and open space in America. Nature is essential to healthy, resilient communities all the time, and never ...

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