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    Frog Town Park, St. Paul Minnesota, October 4, 2018.
    Andy Richter Photography

    There's a new #1 for city parks in America

    Check out the findings from our 2019 ParkScore® index, and see how your city's parks compare!

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    This constitutes a good day at school. Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, OH.
    Kelly Fortener

    Notes on (saving) camp

    Across the country, grown-up camp kids are rallying to protect the places they remember. 

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    Mary Ann Twitty

    In a "forgotten" vacant lot, neighbors dream of a new park

    For decades, residents of Chattanooga’s Oak Grove neighborhood have made the most of the empty space on Lynnbrook Avenue.

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    A view of the landscape of the Stillwater property in Montana.
    © Steven Gnam

    Water comes first as this small town grows

    In Whitefish, Montana, long-time locals are saving the streams that will guarantee their community a sustainable future.

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The forested slopes of Cougar Mountain are a comforting backdrop to daily life in the Seattle suburb of Issaquah. Hitting the trail for an ...
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This year, Clevelanders commemorated the 50th anniversary of the day the Cuyahoga River—which runs through the heart of the city—caught ...
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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, ...
Aerial view of Fisher's Peak
Juan De La Roca was ready to leave Colorado behind. For 25 years, he’d lived, worked, and played in the mountains around Denver and Boulder ...
People walk in a maze
Last month, we threw a great big party to celebrate the grand opening of the brand new Story Mill Community Park in Bozeman, Montana. The ...
A man carries a woman in a backpack on a hike through a green field
If you like getting outside, you know how important it is to find an adventure buddy: someone who’s as excited as you are to hit the trail ...
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Around this time of year, a strange condition starts to spread among the inhabitants of central Maine. During long summer days outside, ...
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UPDATE: Great news! We're proud to announce we've protected 17 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail at ...
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Laurie and Andrea Kass are on a mission. The mother-daughter duo from Marquette, Michigan, aim to hike at least 100 miles on the North ...
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Ever watch the Olympics on TV? You notice how nervous tension builds before a race: In the moments just before the starting gun, the camera ...
A person snowshoes through fresh powder in a forest
Tucked into the rugged mountains of western Maine, the tiny village of Bethel is a quintessential mountain town. “Getting outside is part ...
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Winter can be a grind. Dark days of dodging puddles, shoveling driveways, and misplacing mittens—it’s enough to make you want to curl up ...
Liz Thomas on a hillside swing above San Francisco
The veteran of more than 20 long-distance wilderness hikes, Liz Thomas knows how to navigate the ...
A man in a wheelchair on a high mountain trail
To reach Kearsarge Pass in the southern Sierra Nevada, you’ll need to ascend 2,600 feet in 11 miles, over big boulders and through loose ...
A train platform at the Appalachian Trail
On weekdays New York City’s commuter trains are all business, shuttling briefcase-toting commuters between Manhattan and the suburbs. But ...
Sunset in the Columbia River Gorge
Summer is the high season in the Columbia River Gorge, backyard playground for millions of people in the Pacific Northwest. When spring ...
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In many parts of the country, golf courses are struggling to turn a profit: by some estimates, 800 have closed down in just the past decade ...
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The road to the village of Chimayo winds through the foothills of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It’s usually a quiet highway, ...
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Mount Katahdin marks the end of many long journeys. The 5,267-foot peak is Maine’s highest point, the summit of a formidably steep and ...
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In a city as enormous and diverse as Los Angeles, it’s debatable whether there’s any such thing as the quintessential park experience. But ...
A young man rides a bike on a muddy trail
Like a lot of high school students, Brandon Robinson had a hard time getting excited about math class. “He’d sit in the back and grumble—I ...
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San Luis Obispo—or SLO, as it’s known to locals—is a town of about 50,000 people tucked into the rolling hills on the Central California ...
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When it comes to the federal budget, it’s easy to get lost in the numbers. But behind every proposed cut are real communities—including ...
Sun shines on a valley viewed from a mountainside
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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