It’s hard to watch a once-secret gem become overwhelmed with visitors.
The Making of a National Park
Why locals want Arizona’s Chiricahua National Monument to become the nation’s next national park.
The Road Ahead
While putting together this special edition celebrating our national parks, I was reminded of the first time I visited the Grand Canyon with my family. We spent an hour or so soaking in the view of th...
Maureen Nandini Mitra
Seeds of Hope
Room for More
There is no better time to put forward a bold vision of an expanded park system.
Letters and Emails
Lori Freshwater’s feature about how radioactive waste could be connected to the high number of cancers in North St. Louis County (“Casualties of War,” Spring 2016) hit close to h...
Our Outdoors Heritage
Every day in my work I witness countless ways in which people who look like me connect with and feel transformed by nature. Yet, at the same time, I often get asked the question: “Why aren’t there...
A Park that Begs Creating
If you climb to the summit of Borestone Mountain in northern Maine and scan the northern horizon, what you see is a vast, sweeping expanse of forest and mountains, punctuated by lakes and rivers. What...
Local News from All Over
Late last year, a Canadian company made headlines when it began selling air bottled in Alberta’s Banff National Park to pollution-choked Chinese city dwellers. Now, enterp...
Encontrando Mi Parque
An Ambicultural Journey
The NPS’s efforts to help tribes access sacred sites within national parks is a work in progress.
Why Hawking H20 Is Radical
Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest players in basketball history. But he will be remembered for another reason, too: He was the first major c...
Betty Reid Soskin
Afterword: Righteous Work
No one who is working for the health of wild nature, and therefore the health of humanity, should question whether they are on the right path. Win or lose, what could be better than dedicating one’s...
Douglas R. Tompkins; 1943-2015
Battle for Burrowing Owls
Urban Bird Foundation
Finding Time for Our Parks
Americans are visiting more parks but spending less time in them. What does this mean for the future of our wild spaces?
John de Graaf
One Valley, Many Dreams
Jumbo Wild by Nick Waggoner 2015, 52 min
Where the Wild Things Are
We can no longer think of our cities or towns as exempt from the natural world or as off-limits to wildlife.
Still Unknown, Still Untamed
Jordan Fisher Smith
Maureen Nandini Mitra
The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling Written and Illustrated by John Muir Laws Heyday, 2016, 303 pages
An LA Story
In the hills near Hollywood, a lone mountain lion is challenging us to prove that humans and wildlife can coexist.
photo Samantha Sophia
My scraped knuckles were beginning to bleed. I wedged my fingers between two boulders looking for a purchase. The last time I scrambled across rocks like this I was a kid in a cr...
Nina Lohman Cilek
Building Community through Conservation
Weaving through the bog, we drew several line transects over the frozen ground, mapping the presence of white-tailed deer and moose in the area. Lime-green moss dotted the wooded landscape, and crysta...
Mining and Salmon Don’t Mix
Alaska Clean Water Advocacy
The restoration of lost carnivores and other key wildlife is vital to the health of our landscapes.