To Our Readers

The Road Ahead

As we head into the next 100 years of the National Park Service, let's explore how we can do a better job of breaking past cultural and systemic barriers and get our increasingly diverse population out in nature.

Maureen Nandini Mitra

Feature Articles

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

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

Sacred Lands

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

Dorothy FireCloud


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

Sharing the Lands we Love

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

Maya Silver

Wild Again

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

Paula MacKay and John Davis

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

Encontrando Mi Parque

An Ambicultural Journey

José González

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...

Nina Lohman Cilek

The Making of a National Park

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

Jackie Dishner

Room for More

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

Michael Kellett

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

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 Tompkins

Digging Deeper

Why Hawking H20 Is Radical

Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry will go down as one of the greatest players in basketball history. But he will be remembered for another reason, too.

Anna Lappé

Earth Island Reports

Battle for Burrowing Owls

Urban Bird Foundation

Scott Artis

Mining and Salmon Don’t Mix

Alaska Clean Water Advocacy

Gershon Cohen

1000 Words

Seeds of Hope

Rika Mouw

Michael Engelhard


Accidental Ranger

Betty Reid Soskin joined the National Park Service after she realized she could offer a perspective that might otherwise be left out.

Zoe Loftus-Farren

Still Unknown, Still Untamed

Jordan Fisher Smith

Maureen Nandini Mitra

In Review

One Valley, Many Dreams

Jumbo Wild
by Nick Waggoner
2015, 52 min

Zoe Loftus-Farren

Intentional Curiosity

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

Tamira Jones


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

Talking Points

Talking Points : Summer 2016

News in Brief

Journal Staff