The world has changed unimaginably over the last few months. But through the tumult of these challenging and uncertain times, two forces will see us through: nature and community. We’ve collected our Park Bench Chats on these topics for you to watch below and hope you’ll join us for future events and be a part of these insightful and timely conversations. 

The Great American Outdoors Act: Vital to recovery and our future

We’re at a turning point for parks and open space in America. Parks have emerged as essential to healthy, resilient communities during the pandemic, but the crisis has also laid bare the dire inequalities in outdoor access across the nation. Right now, we’re on the brink of a defining legislative victory: securing full and dedicated funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This has been a generation in the making and could transform the outlook for outdoor equality across the country.

On Thursday, May 14, Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), coauthor of the Great American Outdoors Act, joined Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director of the Outdoor Industry Association, and Trust for Public Land National Board Member Lucas St. Clair for a conversation.

We discussed the urgency of this moment, how to advocate for parks and public lands in your community, and what to watch for in the weeks to come as the nation weathers the pandemic and begins to invest in recovery.

When: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Topic: The Great American Outdoors Act: Vital to recovery and our future
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Staying safe outdoors during COVID-19

On Earth Day, Trust for Public Land CEO and President Diane Regas and Director of Community Health, Sadiya Muqueeth DrPH, MPH, joined Nooshin Razani, MD, MPH, founder and Director of the Center for Nature and Health at the University of California, San Francisco, for an online conversation about health and nature in the time of COVID. They shared stories from their neighborhoods and discussed the latest guidance on the vital role nature can play in keeping our minds and bodies healthy amidst the global pandemic, and shared information about how families can stay safe in the outdoors.

When: Tuesday, April 22, 2020
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Topic:  Nature and community in the time of COVID-19
When: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
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