Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C.
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COVID-19 has underscored the value of parks and public spaces. A new survey shows that US mayors have gotten the message, but post-pandemic plans for public spaces remain largely undefined.
If they run across some trash while they’re out paddling, what will they do about it?
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Nicknaming a lake, planning your route or simply seeing a 'Welcome to your park' sign can help visitors feel more like a public place is their own to some degree.
Tennessee warblers (
Leiothlypis peregrina) breed in northern Canada and spend winters in Central and South America.
Cities are danger zones for migrating birds, but there are ways to help feathered visitors pass through more safely
Your local ducks (and other wild birds) will thank you.
People wandering on a pedestrian portion of Ste-Catherine Street in Montréal. The pandemic has contributed to a recognition of the importance of public space.
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Containment during the pandemic has contributed to a recognition of the importance of public space as a gathering place and an essential tool to meet the needs of the population.
Deep worry about climate change and biodiversity loss can affect kids’ mental health.
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Here are four ways adults can help kids work through their worries about the environment.
Nature is a promise of escape, a moment of relief and a relationship worth cherishing.
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Melbourne's stage 4 lockdown forbids residents travelling more than 5km from home during their daily hour of exercise. Fine for those in leafy suburbs, but not for those with less greenery nearby.
Central Park, New York City, on Memorial Day weekend, May 24, 2020.
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Research that measures the public mood based on Twitter posts shows that it's currently at its lowest point in a decade. One exception: when people visit parks and green spaces.
People have been rediscovering nature during the pandemic, but it’s not just good for public heath. Conservation also creates jobs.
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The Trump administration is rolling back environmental regulations, claiming it's good for the economy. But research shows that conservation is better both for public health and for job creation.
Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park hosted more than 2.5 million visitors in 2019.
A new survey finds that Americans are willing to accept limits on visitors to public lands to reduce crowds, and want staff and visitors to wear masks.
Looking south from New York City’s Central Park.
Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of many great North American city parks, understood that ready access to nature made cities healthier places to live.
Omo Forest, a home for elephants, in Ijebu East and North Local Government Areas, Ogun State, Nigeria
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Protected areas in Nigeria are generally hampered by limited funds and resources.
Hyde Park, London.
Parks have a vital role to play for both physical and mental wellbeing.
Working long hours and want to make the most of time with your children? Your local park is an ideal place for sharing experiences that benefit the whole family.
The Ohio City Farm in Cleveland provides low-cost land, shared facilities and technical assistance to support entrepreneurial farmers.
Four out of 5 Americans live in cities, so urban planning can make a big difference in our lifestyles – especially if it promotes healthy diets and physical activity.
Sea Line Park, one of the shortlisted entries in the competition to design a new park for the Melbourne of 2050.
Future Park Design Ideas Competition
Some might scoff at the free-ranging ideas sparked by a competition to design future parks for Melbourne. But the legacy of a radical idea to green a CBD street in 1985 shows why we need such thinking.
Hampstead Heath, London.
The UK's surviving urban commons are precious green spaces, but the laws that protect them are confusing, complicated and in some cases outdated.
In New England, where most land is privately owned, research shows that land conservation promotes economic growth.
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Protecting land from being developed intuitively may seem like a drag on local economies, but research in New England finds that it has the opposite effect.
Grass surfaces require a lot of maintenance, especially in high-traffic areas.
Weeds are serious problems on sports fields, parks and other sites covered with turfgrass. A new strategy uses mechanical force to kill them instead of chemical herbicides.