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Nikki Gill has deep roots in Jackson Hole. When her great-grandparents homesteaded in this remote mountain valley in northern Wyoming in the early 1900s, the town of Jackson was little more than a tiny village carved out of rugged territory used seasonally by the Crow, Gros Ventre, Blackfeet,...

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Well, there’s no two ways about it: 2020 has been a doozy. But through the uncertainty, change, and heartbreak of the past year, Americans have rallied around the power of parks to help communities endure challenges, and emerge stronger on the other side.

As we look back on all we’ve...

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Coronavirus cases are rise again across much of the nation. As Americans look for ways to stay healthy and connected throughout the winter to come, we caught up with Trust for Public Land Community Health Director Sadiya Muqueeth to talk about the critical importance of parks during the pandemic...

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As New York City’s coronavirus lockdown stretched from days to weeks, Kelley Heyer grew desperate for distraction. “April and May in particular were really tough and scary, with so many people getting sick,” says Heyer. Her work as an actress and a nanny had dried up practically overnight, so...

The Heat is On

The summer of 2020 is predicted to be the hottest ever recorded. Meanwhile, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge nationwide, city officials are closing public beaches and pools and limiting the capacity of cooling centers. This is putting even more pressure on public parks, which were already in high demand as one of the few places where people can escape the confines of home.

Parks and the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored that close-to-home parks are crucial to a community’s quality of life. During this crisis, people have turned to their parks like never before—for fresh air, exercise, meditation, solace, and a much-needed break from the stresses of a quickly changing world.

School's Out

As families count down to the first day of school, one thing is for certain: the 2020-2021 school year will be unlike any other in our collective lifetimes. The COVID-19 pandemic has put educators and school administrators between a rock and a hard place: bring kids back to the classroom, where experts say that all will be at high risk of virus transmission, or continue with distance learning, which experts agree compromises educational outcomes and accelerates inequality.

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This fall, we’re celebrating all the ways parks unite us: with one another, with our neighborhoods, and with the world. We envision a future where everyone in America feels at home in the outdoors—whether that's a trackless wilderness, a convenient multi-use...

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Parks are a community superpower. The outdoors connect people to nature and to one another, to our neighborhoods, and to the world. This fall, we’re celebrating all the ways parks unite us—and we invite YOU to be part of our mission to make sure everyone in America...

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A heat wave swallowed much of the Eastern seaboard late last month, breaking temperature records from New Hampshire to Virginia, and further straining public health and healthcare systems that are already stretched thin by the coronavirus.

The heat is on

Even in normal...

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