September Is National Wilderness Month

5 facts about America’s wilderness

Our National Wilderness Preservation System was established 51 years ago by the Wilderness Act and originally included 9 million acres. Today it encompasses more than 109 million acres across the United States.

Just 5 percent of the country’s landmass is designated as wilderness.

Visitors to wilderness areas can hunt, hike, camp, climb, fish, ride horseback, and paddle.

People riding horses in San Cristobal Canyon 

Riders in San Cristobal Canyon

At 5.5 acres, Florida’s Pelican Island Wilderness is the smallest in the nation.

Pelican Island© USFWS

Pelican Island Wilderness

Forty-four states and Puerto Rico have wilderness areas.

El Toro Wilderness© James Sippel

El Toro Wilderness in Puerto Rico

Let us renew our resolve to protect America's incomparable natural splendor in our time so it can endure as a birthright of every citizen and shape the lives and dreams of generations to come.President Barack Obama, Wilderness Month proclamation, Aug. 31, 2015

National Homeownership Month


37 Researchers Working to Transform Biomedical Science

Quick View

Biomedical researchers are on the front lines of scientific innovation. From responding to global pandemics to pioneering lifesaving cancer treatments, these researchers push past scientific boundaries to solve pressing health challenges. For nearly 40 years, The Pew Charitable Trusts has supported more than 1,000 early-career biomedical scientists committed to this discovery.


Just 5 percent of the country’s landmass is designated as wilderness.

Composite image of modern city network communication concept

Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

Sign up for our four-week email course on Broadband Basics

Quick View

How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

Pills illustration
Pills illustration

What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

Sign up for our four-week email series The Race Against Resistance.

Quick View

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.