Public lands in the United States: A curriculum

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Our “Public Lands in the United States" curriculum aims to build connections between people and America’s natural landscapes, which are visited by millions of people each year to relax, engage in ceremonial activities, recreate, connect with nature and escape the stresses of everyday life.

But beyond that, we want people to have a complete and accurate understanding of the history and context surrounding these places and the movement to protect public lands. We especially want to reinforce the knowledge that the public lands we love today were once Indigenous lands, and that the actions taken to "conserve" them have sometimes been exclusionary, insensitive or engineered to benefit only a privileged few.

Once we understand our public lands and their history, we can pay that knowledge forward into dialogue and policy decisions that are equitable and inclusive.


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The curriculum is a living document and we welcome ideas on how the information could better support your work. Please reach out to us with any questions or feedback by emailing [email protected].  

VIDEO: Introduction to our public lands curriculum