Blog Entries by The Trust for Public Land

We were honored to welcome Rue Mapp to our annual conference of volunteers last week. Mapp is the founder of Outdoor Afro, a national social network that connects African American outdoor lovers to nature—and each other. 

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 outdoors.

Our friends and supporters know public lands are at a turning point.

Mention California’s Napa Valley and most people think wine country, not wilderness. But beyond the vineyards and tasting rooms you’ll also find hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and spectacular views–if you know where to look.

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 problem or a weekend in the wilderness to clear your head, you’ve probably experienced a boost just from getting outdoors. But why?