• 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
    Steven Meckler

    A traditional harvest at Saguaro National Park

    Behind the search for a "desert superfood."

  • Kids play in a park sprinkler
    istock user andresgarciam

    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.

me_baldmountain_08012020_017
Well, there’s no two ways about it: 2020 has been a doozy. But through the uncertainty, change, and heartbreak of the past year, Americans ...
People sit in circles drawn on the ground at Washington Square in San Francisco
Coronavirus cases are rise again across much of the nation. As Americans look for ways to stay healthy and connected throughout the winter ...
Kelley Heyer skating
As New York City’s coronavirus lockdown stretched from days to weeks, Kelley Heyer grew desperate for distraction. “April and May in ...
ma_northamptoncommunityfarm_08042011_047.jpg
Residents of Stonington, Connecticut, fought a long campaign to conserve Coogan Farm—a peaceful, rural property on the banks of the Mystic ...
ga_historicfourthwardpark_06182011_006.jpg
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 ...
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 ...
Cecilia Munoz and Shanelle Smith Whigham
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary leaders. And as the coronavirus strains communities that are already unduly suffering from ...
Face_mask_Runner_iStock-1217782763
In New York City, playgrounds are open this week for the first time since April 1, with the addition of “social distancing ambassadors” to ...
ca_equipo_verde_05032019_085
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 ...
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 ...
wa_parque_padrinos_10122018_11
The Parque Padrinos had been looking forward to this party for a long time. After years of dreaming, organizing, fundraising, and building ...
ct_millbrookgreen_10232018_21
Even if your favorite parks are closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, you can still find nature in your neighborhood—and you can even ...
tx_TNC_Tree_planting_20171202_20
Well into the second month of the coronavirus crisis in America, many of us are trying to establish daily routines that both protect our ...
A close up of a shovel in dirt
On a typical spring day, Drew Honzel might be out exploring the wild mountains and rivers within an easy drive of his home in Klamath Falls ...
vt_catamount_20190730_171
When Florence Williams moved from Colorado to Washington, DC, a few years back, she registered an immediate change: “I felt like a stress ...
oh_glenhelen_07052016_263
Social distancing and park closures are affecting how we all get outside. But across the country, parks groups are adapting to the new ...
tx_GlendalePark_01252020_35
Sadiya Muqueeth, DrPH, MPH, is Director of Community Health at The Trust for Public Land. With COVID-19 now present in ...
oh_lakeview_terrace_aerial_10252019_01
The way Coach Jeffry Lee sees it, at least one good thing came of the old basketball court at Lakeview Terrace: “It used to be all un-level ...
hi_maofarms_01232009_077.jpg
The first shift at MAʻO Organic Farms starts at 5 a.m. It’ll be a few hours until the sun rises over the Waiʻanae Range on Oʻahu’s leeward ...
fl_pickleball_20190807_019
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 ...
oh_lakelinktrail_08112015_01.jpg
This year, Clevelanders commemorated the 50th anniversary of the day the Cuyahoga River—which runs through the heart of the city—caught ...
pa_williamdickschool_06132014_200.jpg
This story was originally published on ...
pa_williamdickschool_06132014_031.jpg
America has a park problem. Nature is essential for healthy, happy communities, but today, 100 million people in this country—a third of us ...

Pages: