Now more than ever, the contribution of public parks and lands to the physical, mental, and civic well-being of communities is at the forefront of our daily experiences. This one day workshop will introduce students to the idea of public parks and the conservation movement in the United States while they delve into the debates Americans have had ever since about how parks can and should serve the people.

In this program you’ll join park rangers from Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site to:

  • Explore how and why America’s first public parks were built
  • Uncover the role of the National Park Service in the conservation movement
  • Learn about how Americans used parks to advance shared use, shared health, and shared power
  • Draw your own connections to the Olmsted legacy and further the conversation about what places and stories are still waiting to be conserved and shared