Sharing the Lands we Love

It’s hard to watch a once-secret gem become overwhelmed with visitors.

Maya Silver

The Making of a National Park

Why locals want Arizona’s Chiricahua National Monument to become the nation’s next national park.

Jackie Dishner

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

Rika Mouw


Room for More

There is no better time to put forward a bold vision of an expanded park system.

Michael Kellett

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...

Rue Mapp

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...

George Wuerthner

Local News from All Over

Updates Smog-based Startup 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

José González

Sacred Lands

The NPS’s efforts to help tribes access sacred sites within national parks is a work in progress.

Dorothy FireCloud

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...

Anna Lappé

Accidental Ranger

Betty Reid Soskin

Zoe Loftus-Farren

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

Zoe Loftus-Farren

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.

Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Still Unknown, Still Untamed

Jordan Fisher Smith

Maureen Nandini Mitra

Intentional Curiosity

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling
Written and Illustrated by John Muir Laws
Heyday, 2016, 303 pages

Tamira Jones

An LA Story

In the hills near Hollywood, a lone mountain lion is challenging us to prove that humans and wildlife can coexist.

Miguel Ordeñana

Reclaiming Wonder

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...

Lynnea Shuck

Mining and Salmon Don’t Mix

Alaska Clean Water Advocacy

Gershon Cohen

Wild Again

The restoration of lost carnivores and other key wildlife is vital to the health of our landscapes.

Paula MacKay and John Davis