Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park will always hold a special place in my heart. My dad recently retired from the military after being in it for my entire life. I had become accustomed to moving to a different area every year — so finding places that really felt like home was a…


The author and his father.

Outdoor activities have always been an important part of my life and a prominent tradition in my family. We have always enjoyed spending time together outside hunting, fishing, hiking, and playing together. …


On top of Mount Helena in Montana.

I grew up and live in Montana, which has an abundance of public lands to explore. There is so much that you can do with public lands. They provide so much happiness and peace for people. In the winter you can go skiing, snowboarding, and so much more with the…


Zion National Park

Within my 16 years of life, I have been able to travel and spend time in several different national parks including Yellowstone, Glacier, and Zion. The one I remember most is Zion. I was able to go at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The park was partially empty due…


The author backpacking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana.

I am grateful for public lands because they allow the average person to go outside and enjoy the outdoors. Public lands allow me and my family to get out of the house and be active. We love backpacking in the summer and hunting in the fall. …


To channel Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”

I love the way your landscape changes, beaten by the wind and water. You do not cease to exist, you only change and flourish. This is a lesson we all must learn, eventually.

I love…


The author (in yellow) with her fellow adventurers at Crater Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

I’m an avid hiker of the beautiful trails on public lands that are just a short drive from my home in Denver. But recently, I was feeling the urge to do something bigger: to go on a multi-day backpacking adventure. It’s something that I hadn’t done in 30 years and…


The author near the Big Horn Mine Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains.

You were there for me when I felt the loneliest. When I felt all hope and joy was impossible. You were there for me to lean on, to give me lessons provided on a foundation of tough, yet nurturing, love. You allowed me to be angry, to scream in despair…


I found out I was pregnant with you during the opening week of fall turkey season in 2019. Surprise, elation, and fulfillment overwhelmed me, and the spinning arrow of my internal compass stopped short, pointing me towards a bright future.

I was less than a month into my new job…


When the three of us were captains in the U.S. Air Force, we were proud to serve our country, fighting to protect American ideals. …

National Wildlife Federation — Our Public Lands

The National Wildlife Federation public lands program advocates for our public lands and waters, wildlife and the right of every American to enjoy them.

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