Blog Entries by The Trust for Public Land

Thanks in part to movies Wild and A Walk in the Woods, the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail are more popular than ever.

It all started with The Call of the Wild.

In October, jazz composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith released his latest album “America’s National Parks.” It’s definitely our kind of music, so we were thrilled when Smith took time out of his rather allegro tour schedule to tell us how nature has influenced his life and art.

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 American story: they’re year-round reminders of the lessons of the past, and a connection to our shared heritage.

You’d probably agree that getting outside does people good—but do you ever wonder why that is? Many scientists have attempted to answer that question, designing a variety of experiments to try and measure the benefits of spending time in nature.