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    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. 

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    ©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. 

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

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    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. 

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    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. 

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    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.”

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 ...
Stonington High School crew
In the sport of crew, rowers talk about finding their “swing”—the blissful state when every athlete in the boat is working together in ...
Rue Mapp rafting
We were honored to welcome Rue Mapp to our annual conference of volunteers last week. Mapp is the founder of ...
Land&People magazine spring/summer 2017
Whether it’s on the summit of a distant mountain or at the top of the jungle gym in your neighborhood park, adventure awaits us all in the ...
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 ...
There’s something about time spent in nature that makes us feel better. Whether it’s a quick stroll around the block to think through a ...
Monarch butterflies in flight
Familiar but striking, delicate yet tough, monarch butterflies endure of one nature’s most grueling voyages, fluttering thousands of miles ...
Los Angeles residents relish the natural beauty of their beaches and mountains, but too many families live too far from a park to make ...
Newark Riverfront Park at dusk
All eyes are on Washington, D. C., this week in anticipation of the release of a first draft of the federal budget. Early reports hint at ...
Cliff on a lake
Jim Brandenburg has traveled to the ends of the earth as a photographer on assignment for National Geographic. He’s photographed ...
Conservationist, environmental lawyer, transportation expert, scholar, athlete, outdoorswoman … Gail Achterman was many things, but her ...
It all started with The Call of the Wild . Spencer Bruggeman was 11 when he read Jack London’s classic tale about a sled dog in ...
Grand Prismatic Spring
In October, jazz composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith released his latest album “America’s National Parks.” It’s definitely our kind of ...
Brick row houses in Pullman
February is Black History Month—and it’s never long enough. That’s one of the reasons we love visiting national monuments that tell the ...
Icons representing some of the benefits of time spent in nature
You’d probably agree that getting outside does people good—but do you ever wonder why that is? Many scientists have attempted to answer ...
Despite its notoriously wet winters and some seriously steep hills, Seattle is a two-wheeled triumph: its residents commute by bike at a ...
The California Coastal National Monument is not your typical park. For one thing, it’s 1,100 miles long, stretching the full distance ...
Kara Winger
Like so many of us, Kara Winger likes to take to the trails to clear her mind and blow off stress from the workday. Less typical: Winger’s ...
From the standoff at Malheur Wildlife Refuge to the debate over Bears Ears ...
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 ...
No doubt about it: 2016 was an eventful year for public lands . But with the help of friends and ...