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Public Lands—America's Backyard

Public Lands—America's Backyard

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About Public Lands

Geography Action! turns its focus to national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, urban parks, and urban gardens—our public lands. Included in this mix are greenways and river ways, as well as historic landmarks and landscapes. Public lands make up approximately one-third of the United States—nearly 600 million acres that belong to you! Yet this national inheritance is unknown to millions of Americans. As the nation’s urban areas expand, open spaces become ever more important to our quality of life.

Public Lands Lesson Plans

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Bring America’s Backyard into your classroom! These teacher-tested lesson plans are aligned with the U.S. National Geography Standards and are sorted by grade level:

Public Lands Maps

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Search by location, park name, recreational activity, or topic to find a National Park you would like to visit or explore.

Public Lands Activities

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Take a firsthand look at biodiversity in your community, go west with Lewis and Clark on a virtual exploration, and dive deep on an underwater adventure.

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Learn more about public lands and parks around the world.

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