• Martin Luther King National Historic Site in Atlanta, GA.
    Christopher T. Martin

    A civil rights icon's childhood home brings his past and presence alive

    We asked Atlantans what a visit to MLK's birth home means to them. 

  • Children playing on play structure at Taggart Schoolyard in Philadelphia, PA.
    Jenna Stamm

    You should be proud

    Here's what we accomplished together in 2017.

  • A rosy Mount Katahdin reflected in a placid Katahdin Lake at dawn, Early morning colors and mist on Katahdin Lake in Maine's Northern Forest. Mount Katahdin. Northern Forest Program., 2005, ME, Katahdin Lake, Natural Lands, Katahdin Lake, Forests | Lake | Mountains, Jerry and Marcy Monkman
    (c) Jerry and Marcy Monkman/EcoPhotography.com

    On the Appalachian Trail, a summit reached and a promise kept

    One man's journey along the storied route was more than just a walk in the woods. 

  • Two brothers explore Savage Fen SNA, Sam Kochevar looks through binoculars while brother Jack stands behind looking at the view at Savage Fen Scientific and Natural Area in Savage, MN. Scott County, Credit River, Minnesota Valley State Trail., 2010, MN, Savage Fen Scientific and Natural Area, Natural Lands, Scott, Savage, Savage Fen Scientific and Natural Area, Children | Meadow | Recreation, ALLEN BRISSON-SMITH
    ALLEN BRISSON-SMITH .TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND

    A walk on the wild sidewalk: on safari with a city naturalist

A man performs three exercises outside
Even if you’re not big on resolutions, the New Year is an opportunity to look at our health habits through fresh eyes. If you’ve got ...
Falcon mural at Lafayette Street School
Falcons have captured the human imagination for thousands of years: they’re a potent symbol in ancient myths—and for present-day sports ...
Geraldolyn Horton-Harris used to live across the street from Mestizo-Curtis Park, the oldest public park in Denver—but she never let her ...
Kids at a schoolyard in Fresno
We admit it: we’re park nerds here at The Trust for Public Land. So we’re excited to release this year’s ParkScore® ...
Skaters at Hilltop Park
Matt Derrick was a teenager in upstate New York when he first saw Future Primitive . The 1985 film featured pro skateboarder Tommy ...
Coastal bluffs, ocean, and fog
After more than 150 years on a small, inland reservation, the Kashia band of Pomo Indians has at last returned to the California coast. ...
On a lonely stretch of beach in Olympic National Park, my family and I approached a bus-sized boulder. As we drew closer, we saw it was ...
President Roosevelt stands at the center of a group of men in front a giant Sequoia tree
With a contentious campaign season dragging on—and public lands under attack from all sides —we've ...
On clear nights, stars blaze in the sky over Ohio’s Glen Helen Nature Preserve . The ...
It’s 2 o’clock on a hot summer afternoon. You’re getting ready to meet some friends at the park for a game of basketball. Which t-shirt ...
Children climb on a net structure at Boeddeker Park in San Francisco
When we met Jaeya Bayani, we knew you needed to hear from her. The San Francisco 8th grader has a lot to say about Boeddeker Park, whose ...
A mock Pokemon card of a squirrel
Pokemon Go is the virtual reality craze sweeping the nation—with some surprising side-effects. Even the most screen-addicted players say ...
Michael Lanza and family at Glacier Bay National Park
With our young families in tow, my friends and I waded into the crowd gathering around Yellowstone’s Old Faithful. We were buddies before ...
Kids play in a stream at Storymill Park
A decade ago, Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods sounded the alarm: our culture's increasing alienation from the natural ...
The Equipo Verde participates in a clean up day at an LA Green Alley as a part of the Avalon Green Alleys program.
Sonia Rodriguez lives in walking distance of her kids’ school and the grocery store, but it's always felt safer to drive. The streets in ...
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The ranger in the office of Idaho’s Sawtooth National Recreation Area frowned skeptically when I explained my plans to backpack an 18-mile ...
Allemansratt Wilderness Park, Minnesota
The Swedes have a word with no English equivalent: allemansrätten, “every person’s right” to roam. It’s a celebrated Nordic ...
At recess—as in life—everyone falls down sometimes. But until recently, taking a tumble at William Dick School in north Philadelphia could ...
Watts Serenity Park, Los Angeles
In Los Angeles last weekend, a neighborhood street echoed with the sound of soaring swing-sets, clattering skateboards, and the buoyant ...
Brooklyn, New York City
In Brooklyn, kids are celebrating the opening of three more brand-new, custom-built playgrounds—the latest of more than 150 ...