Park & Preserve Access & Programs

Community Gardens

This guide links to resources that: help people successfully start and manage community gardens; inform governments on how they can encourage gardens; and guide organizations on permanently protecting gardens.

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May 29, 2019
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Multi-Municipal Partnerships for Recreation & Parks

Multi-municipal partnerships provide needed recreational opportunities to residents practically and affordably though the sharing of services, equipment and personnel.

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Feb 13, 2021
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Nature Play

Nurturing Children and Strengthening Conservation through Connections to the Land

Unstructured, frequent childhood play in informal outdoor settings powerfully boosts the cognitive, creative, physical, social and emotional development of children. It also engenders deep conservation values—more so than any other factor. Part 1 of this guide explores the essential characteristics of nature play, the benefits nature play provides and the societal barriers to it. Part 2 describes the array of concrete actions that organizations may take to restore nature play to children’s lives.

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Oct 06, 2017
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Outdoor Access and Programs

Land Trusts Connecting People to Nature

Land trusts have available to them a variety of tools and examples of how to improve public access and provide programming on their lands. By providing new outdoor experiences to adults and children, land trusts may deepen people’s connections to nature and conservation.

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Jun 20, 2018
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Permits for Events, Hunting, Camping, and Other Uses of Conserved Land

Requiring permits for certain activities on conservation lands (such as events, hunting, and camping) helps land managers ensure that the activities do not negatively impact the land or others’ enjoyment of it. The permit-application process can also serve to inform users of the rules for using the land.

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Oct 27, 2022
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Public Access Policies and Practices for Land Trusts

Survey Results in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association surveyed Pennsylvania land trusts regarding their organizational policies and practices as well as management issues encountered related to their fee-owned properties.

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Oct 18, 2013
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