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January 15, 2021

Op-Ed: Why Communities Need One-Time Emergency Park Funding

Two runners wind their way through a community park in Austin

This Op-Ed represents the opinions of The Trust for Public Land. When the pandemic upended the ways that Americans work and play, people turned to parks. As museums, performance halls and gyms closed, green spaces offered their own kind of theater in the dance of light on a stand of pines, their own music in […]

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December 29, 2020

A New Way to Experience the Adirondacks

Adirondacks in New York

Ask any visitor to the Adirondack Park in New York what they like best about it, and you’ll likely get an answer along the lines of “the peace and quiet.” At 6 million acres, it’s easy to find vast areas of rocky peaks, networks of ponds and rivers and more than 2,000 miles of trails […]

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December 19, 2020

How to Take Your Workout Outdoors

 Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. Now that winter is here, you might be tempted to hunker down and limit your workouts to inside and online, if that. But you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you […]

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December 9, 2020

The Best Outdoorsy Gifts for Gadget Lovers

best outdoorsy gifts for gadget lovers

Shopping for a tech lover is tough. They tend to already have what they think they need and, if they don’t, said item can blow your bottom line fast. That’s why we’ve pulled together this list of outdoorsy gadgets, which start at just $25. They also span activities, so you’ll be sure to please the […]

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December 8, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My Swiss Army Knife

t was one of two going-away presents my stepfather gave me as I was packing up a 1967 Opel Kadett station wagon before my migration from the East of my youth to the West of my future: a Swiss Army knife, Tinker model. (The other gift was a copy of the tome On the Loose, […]

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December 1, 2020

How to Find Solitude in the Great Smoky Mountains

Hikers on a bridge in the Smokies

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. Some locations within Great Smoky Mountains National Park may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Check with the NPS for current conditions. For the 76th year in a row, Great Smoky Mountains National […]

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November 11, 2020

Yes, There Are Still Bison in America. Here’s Where to See Them.

First light on frosty bison near Soda Butte Creek

For millennia, tens of millions of bison, also called buffalo, roamed the North American continent, critical to the Great Plains ecosystem and to the cultural and spiritual lives of Native Americans. But not long after white settlers arrived, bison hunters overexploited the bison population for meat, hides and other products. By the end of the […]

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October 22, 2020

How to Meditate Outdoors

sky and trees with fall colors

Imagine that you’re hiking your favorite trail. What color is the sky above you? How does the dirt feel beneath your boots? What do you smell? What do you hear? Chances are, even thinking about that scene makes you feel more relaxed. Spending time outdoors has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, boost happiness and spark […]

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October 22, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My MSR Hubba Hubba Tent

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Tent

When I was 22, anything was possible. I was just learning who I was. I liked work that made my body strong. I liked sharing intimate moments that let me believe we’d be friends forever. I liked having my own space. I liked sleeping outdoors. I definitely liked my new MSR Hubba Hubba 2 tent. […]

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