CALL/WALKS bring together a diverse constituency of local people and demonstrates our approach to addressing complex environmental concerns. By building a national network of like-minded organizations and supporters we work together to amplify our impact.
— Mary Miss, Founder & Artistic Director, City as Living Laboratory


A national program of artist and scientist led community walks, CALL/WALKS are a starting point for creative, innovative, and community-led responses to our cities’ most pressing environmental challenges.

The CALL/WALKS demonstrate the power of collaboration to encourage fresh thinking about complex issues. The walks also strengthen communities by creating personal, place-based experiences that promote action and generate practical solutions.

Public walks have always been a major piece of CALL/City as Living Laboratory’s exploration of the environmental and social concerns local communities have, and are a key part of our efforts to initiate productive, responsive, and interesting collaborations. The walks are the seeds from which all CALL’s projects grow.

This year, CALL is expanding our network and launching a national program of walks, funded by the NEA Our Town program. On the first weekend of May, walkers in Baltimore, Milwaukee, NYC, Pittsburgh, Santa Fe & Washington DC will examine the environmental issues in their neighborhoods through the insights of artist and scientist teams. As we launch this national program, we’re developing a toolkit that will be able to be used by communities across the country to lead walks in their neighborhoods to ignite conversations about how their city can best adapt to the contemporary challenges it faces.

Scroll down for info on the walk in your area, and follow #CALLwalks on Instagram and Twitter to see updates, photos, and videos from our network around the country.

Both the deep ecology and the artistic grace of our urban areas are often unseen or under appreciated. CALL/WALKS overcome these deficiencies and immerse us in appreciating and improving our urban environments.
— Steward Pickett, Urban Ecologist at Cary Institute, CALL Board Member



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