The Land and Water Conservation Fund fostered an idea endemic to our country: that precious landscapes should be set aside for the long-term enjoyment of all, not the short-term gain of a few.
You need to hit the trail and get into the wild to really capture all that the parks have to offer. Take a look at this list, lace up your hiking boots, and start planning your next hiking trip.
With six distinct ecosystems, a 5-acre lagoon and 150 different native plants, the newest green space in Chicago will become a haven for birds and insects to thrive, making their presence known to pedestrians taking advantage of the trail that circles the park.
Today, 54 million Hispanics and Latinos live in the United States, and Latinos are one of the fastest growing ethnic minorities in the country. But less than one-percent of all national historic landmarks and only roughly 4 percent of all national park units are dedicated to the Latino community.
Though often remote, the Appalachian Trail was a route like any other. Ordinary roads ran near it and intersected it as it wound its way around towns, over rivers and across forested valleys. What was to stop me from tracking the trail by . . . car?
In case you hadn't noticed, the U.S. is home to some of the greatest national parks in the world. The best part: if you do your homework, you can visit them for free. Here's how.
"They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." Joni Mitchell I went to visit a friend yesterday. I had been out of town for a while and I really nee...
He will no doubt raise issues commonly identified as Black interests: crime and the justice system; voting rights and what's at stake in the upcoming elections. But if he also introduces the subjects of climate change and conservation of our clean air, water and parks, it could send shock waves through the Black community.
The widespread exploitation of our natural resources coincides and is closely tied to the distress of our planet writhing under massive droughts, wildfires, glacial melting, animal die-offs and human displacement. Our general response seems to be one big shrug.
I swear I trained, but only the week before because running a ukulele festival and playing banjo and touring and performing folk music is not particularly good training for the A.T. A week before departure, I started training on a North Carolina mountain loop.
The Appalachian Trail is back in the news these days. Some of us have indelible memories of our experiences on the trail. Here's my tale of tracing the entire length of it, years back, in, uh, a rented Geo Prizm.
The movie adaptation of A Walk in the Woods is on solid footing with Bill Bryson's chronicle of the struggles, discomforts, and deprivations he endured -- and gratifications he derived -- as he explored the Appalachian Trail in the spring and summer of 1996. The book conveys the trepidations he experienced -- the perils encountered, and imagined.
Oh, sacred planet. The terror of climate crisis is a long time in the making. As I read about the mass mobilization forming around the upcoming U.N. climate change convention, which is likely to accomplish far too little, I feel a desperate impatience, a tearing at my soul.
So much was off-limits to me because of my culture and my traditional parents. I was not allowed to have sleepovers or sleep at anyone's house. When I wanted to skateboard, I was firmly told no. That was for boys. Besides, good girls stay home to mind their business, but boys could stay out because, well, they were boys. It was their birthright.
The agonizing state that our country is in shows that the majority of leaders and citizens neither feel love for ourselves nor for the world. You cannot love anyone until you first love yourself, and the place to discover a healthy helping of self-love is in our national parks.
This was not a vacation for the faint of heart, this was a vacation of extremes -- extreme temperatures as the Colorado River, starting just below the Glen Canyon dam, was a chilly 46 degrees F.