Step Outside

Cultural landscapes surround you. These areas reveal our relationship with place and strengthen our understanding of historic events, significant people, and patterns in American history. This is your guide to cultural landscapes in the National Park System.

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Find Your Cultural Landscape

Cultural landscapes help preserve complex stories of conflict, commerce, civil rights, construction, conservation, and more.

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Climate Change and Cultural Landscapes

See what the NPS is doing to protect natural and cultural resources, including cultural landscapes, impacted by a changing climate.

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Cultural Landscapes 101

Your introduction to cultural landscapes of the National Park Service.

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Featured Stories

Cultural landscape connections that reveal stories of our nation's history and identity.

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Reference Library

In search of cultural landscape documentation or preservation guidance? Start here.

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A Preservation Timeline

Explore 165 years of cultural landscape preservation in the United States.