Dear Jonathan,

Our human world has been turned upside down during the last few months, but out in nature things are progressing as usual. The skunk cabbage poked its way up through the snow in March, the bluebirds started staking out their territories in April, and now, in May, the spring ephemerals are blooming in the woodlands.
 
It’s nice to know the world keeps spinning despite human trials and tribulations.
 
One thing we’ve discovered during the COVID-19 crisis is that parks, trails and nature are essential to our mental and physical well-being. They are our lifelines. This is evident from the swelling number of visitors to green spaces. Parking lots at state parks are full before noon. Trailheads are busy all hours of the day.
 
Parks & Trails New York has been leading the fight to protect and expand these treasured outdoor places for 35 years. But we can’t do it alone.
 
Please consider becoming a member of Parks & Trails New York during our May membership campaign and help us preserve what we all love best about New York – its beautiful parks, trails and public lands.
 
Our members are the lifeblood of our organization. When we work together, we can accomplish amazing things.
 
Be safe, be well and enjoy spring!

Robin Dropkin
Executive Director

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The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway connects parks and open space and provides infrastructure for active transportation and recreation to Brooklyn's 2.65 million residents and visitors from around the world.

Three Favorite Things about our Members


We want to take this opportunity to highlight a group of people we truly appreciate-—our members.

 Planning for the Next Generation of Greenway Trails

100+ miles of greenway trails were created from the 2010 State Trails Plan. A new Greenways Plan is underway. Weigh in on the discussion - take the survey.

What's in a Name?

 
You may know Robert G. Wehle State Park, but do you know who Robert G. Wehle was?
 

Welcome Shaina!

 
Shaina Hogan joins Parks & Trails New York as our new Parks Program Coordinator
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FIELD NOTES

Are New York's state parks open? View the current status of our parks. 

An op-ed from Parks & Trails New York's Executive Director about safe outdoors behavior that respects nature and people.

Could $1.5 billion in CARES Act funding support your trail project?  

A past Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour rider shares her "Antidote for Cabin Fever," a list of ideas and resources to safely enjoy the outdoors during this time.

Cemeteries and golf courses are just two of the ways cities are quickly making more public spaces.

CALENDAR

MAY 1-31, 2020
I Love My Park Month

JULY 11-18, 2021
23rd Annual
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