We believe every person in America deserves access to the outdoors. But today, 100 million people in America don’t have a park close to home, and our public lands have suffered from years of underinvestment. We’re on a mission to close the park equity gap that contributes to disparities in...


With a new Congress in session and a presidential inauguration in the rearview, there’s a lot going on in Washington, DC, these days. So we asked our team of policy experts about the parks and public lands issues the new administration should prioritize for healthy, equitable, resilient...


Your vote is your power. And in an election season with so much on the line, it’s never been more important to use your power to speak up for the future you want to see. Over the coming month, millions of voters will have the opportunity to approve ballot measures that could collectively...


The Trust for Public Land and our partners have achieved amazing conservation funding heights for parks and open space, including the creation of more than $80 billion in public funds across the nation. But one program in Washington State has proven over time, that when you build bi-partisan support, and nurture relationships based on shared recreation and conservation values, you can create a lasting legacy.

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.


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...


Breaking news from Washington, DC: the Great American Outdoors Act was just signed into law. This is arguably the most important parks and public lands law of our generation, providing over $9 billion to fix the...


We mourn the passing of John Lewis, the legendary civil rights organizer who served 17 terms as a congressman representing Georgia’s 5th District. Here’s a reflection on Congressman Lewis’s life and legacy from our Georgia State Director George Dusenbury,...