Research at The Trust for Public LandOlympic Sculture Park, Seattle, WAPhoto credit: Benjamin Benschneider

Designing smart cities with healthy park systems that maximize resources and protect habitat requires knowledge and experience. That’s why so many communities turn to us. We measure, analyze, and forecast the benefits of parks and other natural lands, and help communities ensure that places where people can connect with nature are part of their growth plan. 

Park Analysis

Our extensive research into what makes parks successful has become an indispensable guide for park planning. We produce in-depth reports on park benefits, facts and figures, and more.

Center for City Park Excellence
Creating and Funding Parks
Economic & Health Benefits
Park System Analysis

Water Protection

By sharing groundbreaking research and in-depth case studies, The Trust for Public Land is helping conservation leaders develop strategies for protecting land near rivers, lakes, streams, and coastlines.

EPA Source Water Project
Making the Case
Watershed Demonstration Projects
Water Protection publications

Research Library

Easily find books and reports by The Trust for Public Land that are helping conservationists across the country create parks and protect places they love in our research library.