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Judy Forte says there are many people who don’t know about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “We are taught certain facts in our classrooms, at home, and in our communities about Dr. King’s life,” she says. “But a lot of times people are just unaware of the details that make Dr...

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As a boy, Charles Gresham accompanied his dad on a drive along Highway 1 through Big Sur, a 70-mile stretch of steep mountains along the central California Coast. The year was 1936, and the highway had just opened to cars, making Gresham and his father among the first motorists to complete what...

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As a kid growing up in the South Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Taylor Toynes remembers long afternoons spent exploring the creek that cuts through the neighborhood. Sunk below street level, undeveloped, and overgrown, Alice Branch Creek was a “hidden jewel … it could actually be beautiful down in...

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In the middle of the day, in the middle of Saguaro National Park, in the middle of June, not much moves on the land. Temperatures in the Sonoran Desert outside Tucson routinely climb above 100 degrees this time of year, so most people (and critters) spend daylight hours keeping cool.

But...

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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,...

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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary leaders. And as the coronavirus strains communities that are already unduly suffering from structural racism and environmental injustice, women of color are leading the way towards a healthier, more equitable society for all.

This week, we were...

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Many people in New York City know that wild things slither and fly through the network of underground tunnels and skyscraper canyons. The two that most readily come to mind are the pigeon and the rat. But Thomas Hynes, a resident of Brooklyn, knew there was much more to the urban landscape and...

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Eve Mosher had been following the news, studying the science, and burrowing into the reports: The planet was warming, and the seas that surrounded her New York City home would rise. Areas of the city that had been known to flood once in a century—areas now ten feet above sea level—could start to...

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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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In the days and weeks to come, we’ll be sharing stories of the power of communities to overcome adversity—and of how your steadfast support is empowering us to keep working for a future where everyone has access to the outdoors.

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