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Martin Luther King Jr. was once just a kid—a bright, studious boy, but not too serious to chase his sisters around the backyard of the family home, a tidy Victorian at 501 Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. Before he became a leader of the civil rights movement, he shared a bedroom with his younger...

Melrose Leadership Academy

The yard at Melrose Leadership Academy in Oakland was mostly concrete with almost no shade—dangerously hot in the summer, and not able to absorb and slow any rainwater during winter storms. So we worked with the community to remove pavement and replace it with trees and native plants, which will absorb stormwater and keep kids cool in the shade. It’s the first project in a partnership between The Trust for Public Land, Green Schoolyards America and the Oakland Unified School District to transform asphalt schoolyards into green spaces. Along with climate and environmental benefits, the yard at Melrose Leadership Academy is now helping teachers improve environmental literacy and is a welcoming green place for students and families to exercise, play, and experience nature.

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It’s not easy to get into rock climbing. Starting out means building strength, mastering knots, and—for some of us, anyway—conquering a fear of heights. But for many would-be climbers, the hardest part isn’t technical know-how or tricky moves: it’s just getting to the wall.

It’s a problem...

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For artist Daniela Rivera, every walk through Boston’s Grove Hall neighborhood is a sonic adventure. “In a few blocks you’ll hear people speaking with all kinds of accents, you’ll hear music and languages from across Latin America, Jamaica, and the United States,” she says. “For a tiny little...

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This year, Clevelanders commemorated the 50th anniversary of the day the Cuyahoga River—which runs through the heart of the city—caught fire. We caught up with Shanelle Smith Whigham, our Ohio State Director, on the redemptive legacy of this infamous environmental disaster, and how we're making...

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Hurricane Sandy roared over the New York City metro area seven years ago this week. Few who witnessed the storm’s power, or experienced its devastating aftermath, will ever forget it. But as climate scientists predict more and stronger hurricanes in the decades to come, what have we learned...

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For years, students at Dallas’s South Oak Cliff High School went to class in grim conditions. “The roof leaked, asbestos was everywhere, drinking water came in lead pipes, the heating and air conditioning didn’t work,” says Derek Battie, head of the South Oak Cliff alumni association. “Our...

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As President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land, my work days are long and meetings and emails are many. But this...

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UPDATE: During this week's #ClimateStrikes, youth leaders are calling for climate action based in equity and justice. Find out how parks and conservation are key parts of keeping people safe in a uncertain climate future....

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Only a short drive down Interstate 35 from the Twin Cities, the new Sunktokeca Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) offers millions of Minnesotans opportunities for close-to-home recreation, including high-quality hunting for waterfowl, deer, pheasant and turkeys.

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