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If you feel like your local outdoor spot has been busier since the start of the pandemic, you might be right: across the country, park managers have tracked big increases in visits to the parks that have stayed open to the public this spring. In Dallas, for instance, visitation rose from 30...

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The Parque Padrinos had been looking forward to this party for a long time. After years of dreaming, organizing, fundraising, and building, this community group in South Wenatchee, Washington, was ready to celebrate the grand reopening of Kiwanis Methow Park...

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Well into the second month of the coronavirus crisis in America, many of us are trying to establish daily routines that both protect our communities from the virus, and sustain our families’ happiness and well-being over the months to come.

There are still more questions than answers...

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On a typical spring day, Drew Honzel might be out exploring the wild mountains and rivers within an easy drive of his home in Klamath Falls, a town of 20,000 in southern Oregon. An avid mountain biker and runner, he might also be out on a trail in town with his two dogs. Or as treasurer of the...

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When Florence Williams moved from Colorado to Washington, DC, a few years back, she registered an immediate change: “I felt like a stress bomb went off in my own brain,” she says. “In Colorado, I had access to nature pretty much hourly—and it was hard to lose that when we moved to the heart of...

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Social distancing and park closures are affecting how we all get outside. But across the country, parks groups are adapting to the new guidelines and coming up with innovative ways to care for each other through this difficult time.

Environmental Learning...

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Sadiya Muqueeth, DrPH, MPH, is Director of Community Health at The Trust for Public Land.

 

With COVID-19 now present in all 50 states and public health experts urging social distancing, schools are closing, millions of people are working from home, and...

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The way Coach Jeffry Lee sees it, at least one good thing came of the old basketball court at Lakeview Terrace: “It used to be all un-level, with big chuck-holes everywhere,” he says. “I figure those chuckholes make my kids dribble better. They constantly had to know how to dribble and know...

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The first shift at MAʻO Organic Farms starts at 5 a.m. It’ll be a few hours until the sun rises over the Waiʻanae Range on Oʻahu’s leeward coast, but the farmers—mostly in their late teens and early 20s—are awake and ready to work. They fan out into the rows of beets and kale and through...

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge is a vital gateway connecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Great pride went into the construction of the bridge, but it fundamentally changed Camden over 100 years ago when it divided the City, fencing beneath continues to divide the communities living nearby. During heavy rain and snow events, run-off from the bridge floods the surrounding streets making travel challenging. We’re changing all of that by working in partnership with City leaders. Once complete, vast gardens will capture and direct stormwater runoff and an accompanying trail will provide a vital pedestrian link alleviating flooding and reconnecting neighbors. 

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