The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Since 1972, TPL has completed more than 4,250 park and conservation projects in communities nationwide, protecting more than 3 million acres. Working from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land helps communities raise funds, conduct research and planning, acquire and protect land, and design and renovate parks, playgrounds, trails, and gardens.

Company details

101 Montgomery Street, Suite 900 , San Francisco , California 94104 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Environmental - Environmental Science and Research
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

At the Trust for Public Land, we don't just save land—we save land for people to enjoy, from neighborhood parks to national parks. We depend on the ongoing support of individuals to make sure our work carries on well into the future.

Our mission is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Every park, playground, and public space we create is an open invitation to explore, wonder, discover, and play. We're proud to say that we've been connecting communities to the outdoors—and to each other—since 1972. Today, millions of Americans live within a 10-minute walk of a park or natural area we helped create, and countless more visit every year.

The Trust for Public Land is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Our Federal Identification Number (EIN) is 23-7222333.

Spending time in nature—days, hours, or just a few minutes—enriches our lives. It makes us feel rejuvenated. Healthier. Happier. 

Our mission is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Every park, playground, and public space we help create is an open invitation for everyone to explore, wonder, discover, and play. 

We're proud to say that we've been connecting communities to the outdoors—and to each other—since 1972. Today, millions of Americans live within a 10-minute walk of a park or natural area we've helped create, and countless more visit every year. 

How we do it:

PLAN
We bring the whole community together to identify and prioritize land for parks and conservation—and chart a course to protect and sustain it. Decision-makers rely on our rigorous data analysis and innovative mapping techniques to make the most of their resources. 

FUND
We help craft measures and pass legislation to secure funding for parks and conservation. Our cutting-edge research empowers advocates to make the case for parks and open space in their communities. 

PROTECT
From pocket parks to vast backcountry escapes, our real estate experts help partners acquire and safeguard land for the public. We structure, negotiate, and execute conservation transactions that benefit the whole community.  

CREATE
We engage communities in designing and building innovative parks that foster a strong sense of place and connection to nature. We teach stewardship and management techniques to ensure new parks are used, maintained, and loved well after opening day.

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.

The Trust for Public Land works to protect the places people care about and to create close-to-home parks—particularly in and near cities, where 80 percent of Americans live. Our goal is to ensure that every child has easy access to a safe place to play in nature. We also conserve working farms, ranches, and forests; lands of historical and cultural importance; rivers, streams, coasts, and watersheds; and other special places where people can experience nature close at hand.

The Trust for Public Land was founded in 1972 with the goal of protecting land in and around cities and pioneering new land conservation techniques. Over the years, our work expanded to include projects from the inner city to the wilderness, and our broad experience has made us a national leader and innovator in city park creation, state and local conservation funding, and using GIS for conservation planning.

Founded for innovation

Not long after the first Earth Day, a group of lawyers, real estate professionals, and finance experts founded The Trust for Public Land to bring the legal and financial strategies of modern business to the cause of conservation. In the early years, we shared this knowledge with other conservationists and fostered the growth of the local land trust movement to protect open space for communities across the West.

Planning and funding conservation

In the 1990s, responding to an emerging need, we established our Conservation Finance service to help communities organize and pass conservation ballot measures. We pioneered watershed conservation to safeguard drinking water and the use of conservation easements to protect working farms and ranches. Most recently, we launched an award-winning Conservation Vision and GISservice to help communities identify which lands to protect and where parks are needed most.

Moving forward

Today, The Trust for Public Land brings forty years of expertise to conservation projects across the country. In cities, we’re turning vacant lots into community-designed parks and playgrounds. And we're addressing the looming climate crisis with strategies to help reduce greenhouse gasses, promote climate adaptation, and create park-rich, climate-smart cities.