• Private property sign in front of view of Zion National Park.
    Mike Schirf

    Zion National Park is at risk of development. We’re working to protect it.

    A recent report found that more than 9 million acres of public land across the West are "landlocked," cut off from public access by private land. 

  • ©Brian Mohr/ EmberPhoto.ph 802-496-5434.email: info@emberphoto.com..TPL - Lincoln Peak.Green Mountains, Vermont..
    ©Brian Mohr/ Ember Photography - All rights reserved

    How do you measure a year?

    We have lots of statistics about the work we did together in 2018. But the numbers are only part of the story. 

  • Mill Creek, a part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail project near Salt Lake City, UT. Photos by Mike Schirf.
    © Mike Schirf

    New study: the 50 best cities to #OptOutside

    Pretty much any way we slice the data, it's clear there are major disparities in access to public lands across the country. 

  • Opening celebration of the PS 111M playground in Hell's Kitchen in New York City, NYC Playgrounds Program.
    Timothy Schenck

    200 New York City playgrounds later, we're still greening strong

    In the mid 1990s, New York City had less green space per person than almost anywhere in America. See what's changed since we started rebuilding parks across all five boroughs. 

  • Kellogg Park in Los Angeles, CA.
    Annie Bang

    #SaveLWCF to help cities reach green space goals

    Everyone deserves a park within a 10-minute walk. See how the Land and Water Conservation Fund is helping cities build parks where they're needed most. 

  • A skateboarder waits his turn at the new Skateboard Park, Josh holds his skateboard while watching the skateboard action at the new Skateboard Park at the Historic Fourth Ward Park in Atlanta, GA. Atlanta Beltline., 2011, GA, Historic Fourth Ward Park, Parks for People, Fulton, Atlanta, Historic Fourth Ward Park, Children | Developed Park | Playground | Recreation, Darcy Kiefel

    Falling with style, and other life lessons from a neighborhood skate park

    “Skaters have to know how to handle a situation if you’re about to lose your balance. There are things you can do to stay on your feet, or at least fall in a way you don’t get hurt.”

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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
A woman and her son walk on a trail above a valley
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 ...
Snoqualmie Falls
It’s a big week for fans of the TV show Twin Peaks: after a 25-year hiatus, the series wrapped up its third season on Sunday night ...
Denver skyline from Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
There's a big blank spot on the map of the Denver metro. In the city’s northeast corner, the grid ends abruptly in an open prairie. Instead ...
A view of Napa Valley from Oat Hill Mine Trail
Mention California’s Napa Valley and most people think wine country, not wilderness. But beyond the vineyards and tasting rooms you’ll also ...
Despite its notoriously wet winters and some seriously steep hills, Seattle is a two-wheeled triumph: its residents commute by bike at a ...
Sunset at coastal cliffs
The California Coastal National Monument is not your typical park. For one thing, it’s 1,100 miles long, stretching the full distance ...
Ala Kahakai along a beach with trees
One evening, years ago, Dennis Hart’s mother told him that she wanted to go for a hike. She was in her 80s then, her health unsteady, but ...
A double rainbow over the Grand Canyon
If you’ve ever explored a national park—especially one of the busier ones, like Yosemite or Yellowstone—you might have noticed all kinds of ...
From the door of her apartment, Artyene Wilson can see the sparkling expanse of Lake Erie stretching away to the horizon. “You can’t beat ...
An old mining-town building seen through an empty door frame
If you’ve spent some time road-tripping, you know that “ghost town” can mean a lot of things: from the rubble of a few foundations—the ...
Historic photograph of Northfield, Massachusetts
On a cool, wet evening in early May, J.T. Horn found himself pacing outside of a high school gym in Northfield, Massachusetts. Behind the ...
The Tetons and Snake River (1942)
“What a country chooses to save is what a country chooses to say about itself.” We’re thinking about these words from boundary- ...