When MomDot Media asked for applications on the Trust for Public Land #OurLand campaign, I jumped at the chance. I spent most of my childhood exploring the mountains and playing in the fields of southeastern Kentucky. When we traveled to a park it was to see a landmark or while we were on vacation; I loved seeing the majestic Smoky Mountains or imagining the trails my ancestors followed getting through what is now the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. It wasn’t until I moved into the city as an adult that I realized the true value of public parks. Where do children run and play when they live with little to no available outdoor space? Who advocates to ensure individuals have access to public land? The Trust for Public Land is a nonprofit organization that works to protect public land including parks, gardens, and natural areas. They created the #OurLand campaign to showcase parks and outdoors spaces, and to find out why nature matters to you.
My favorite hobby is photography; parks can be one of the best places to photograph friends and family. Recently I photographed a gorgeous wedding at a public park, but I am equally happy to photograph my son on the playground. Nature provides us the most beautiful backdrop, and it is important that we ensure that landscapes are saved for future generations. I want to share a few of the images that I captured during our brief afternoon play date.
Gabe loves to play outdoors; he likes to collect sticks, leaves, flowers, and rocks. He gets exercise, but I also have the opportunity to educate him about nature. I want him to understand the importance of preserving parks and land. We identify trees and leaves, look for animals, and find nuts and flowers. A play date at the park can be an educational experience.
Did you know that nearly 10 million Americans live within a 10 minute walk of a site acquired or maintained by the Trust for Public Land? Millions of people visit gardens, natural habits, and parks acquired and maintained by The Trust for Public Land. It is hard to imagine a city without parks. You can search for parks and preserved areas on their website. While I was browsing their site I discovered that one of my favorite parks began as a project of The Trust for Public Land. The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park has historical and personal significance to me; my ancestors settled the area after coming through the Cumberland Gap with Daniel Boone; one of my great grandfathers Captain Charles Gatliff was an explorer and scout. It is hard to imagine southeastern Kentucky without the park, and the heritage it preserves.
Gabe and I created these postcards on the #OurLand site. He had a very appropriate answer for why nature mattered to him.
The Trust for Public Land created this beautiful video celebrating why nature matters. Join them by sharing why nature matters to you on their postcard here, and support the #OurLand campaign to ensure preservation for generations to come.
Do you have a park, garden, or natural site that you frequently visit? Why is nature important to you?
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post however all opinions contained herein are entirely my own.