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Children In Nature Initiative Begins in Madison

The City of Madison is on course to start an exciting initiative. With a planning grant of $25,000 from the Children & Nature Network in partnership with the National League ...

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Life Or Limb ~ Recovering From The Traumatic Injuries of War

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | RSS One of the things I love most about this podcast is the ability to tell amazing stories. And in the process I ...

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Hadwin’s Judgement ~ an interview with author John Vaillant

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | RSS Journalist and author John Vaillant began his career with a profound interest in connecting stories of adventure with complex social issues. And ...

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A Deeper Shade of Green ~ an interview with Sierra Club President Aaron Mair

Raised during the height of the civil rights and environmental justice movements, ...
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Exploring Diversity In the Cradle of Conservation

Several miles past the west entrance of Yosemite National Park, a wooden sign ...
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Africa’s Best Idea

The great writer and environmentalist Wallace Stegner put into perspective a profound ...

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Teaching in Nature’s Classroom ~ a new book explores the principles of garden-based education

Garden educator Nathan Larson believes in creating hands-on learning experiences for students of all ages. Author of the new book, Teaching in Nature’s Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-based Education, he provides a practical guide to help fellow instructors to create programs and curriculum dedicated to connecting students with nature through the cultivation of green space. […]

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Welcome Everyone To Nature

In May of 2014 I received a private message via Facebook. It was the summer after Expedition Denali and I was in the final stages of writing the book that would become The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors. Stories of the first African-American climbing team to attempt a summit of Denali, the […]

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Campfire Stories ~ a publishing initative inspires tales by firelight

Few things in the human experience are more profound than the power of storytelling. Dating back to the days of our earliest ancestors members of our tribe gathered around the fire at night to share their experiences of life on Earth. Camped under a blanket of stars primitive men and women recounted their adventures of […]

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Madison One of Seven Cities Selected For National Nature Initiative

Madison will play a vital role in a national plan to make nature more accessible to children who live in cities. Noted for its long-standing traditions of outdoor recreation and environmental conservation the Wisconsin capital city was named among seven U.S. cities to participate in a long-term initiative to explore ways in which local municipalities, […]

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Yosemite Centennial Ambassador

Late last week I received some wonderful news. In recognition for my work reporting on the earliest days of Yosemite National Park I have been named a Yosemite Centennial Ambassador. As the NPS celebrates its 100th anniversary this year I have been included in an amazing group of park supporters whose life-long bodies of work have […]

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South of Haunted Dreams No Longer

In the winter of 1993 I purchased three books. One changed my life forever. More than 20 years later just as I returned home from my latest series of talks and lectures based on a book of my own I sat in a coffee shop across the table from the author of the third title […]

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The JoyCycle BeachBike Experience

Few things in life inspire enthusiasm like a bicycle. Even when you reach a certain age that sense of eager anticipation is hard to deny when you start making plans for pedal-powered excursions across town as part of a daily commute or over long distances in search of adventure. So when the folks at BeachBikes […]

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Privilege And Obligation

After a deep breath to steady my nerves I pushed upon the door. Beginning my second year of public speaking I was in the habit now of arriving a few minutes early to gage the room and get a feel for the audience. Knowing what likely lay in store, this particular crowd made me a […]

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Balance Madison

Now that we’re well into the New Year most everyone I meet seems to ask me the same question: “What are you working on next?” I suppose that with that question comes the expectation of something more exciting than they might have previously imagined. After a 12-month tour filled with adventures from one end of the […]

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The Kenaitze Legand of Ch’wala

On this Christmas Eve I am reminded of the magnificent tree we delivered to the U.S. Captiol in Washington D.C. Over the past several weeks I’ve reported on the long journey of the People’s Tree from the Chugach National Forest of Alaska that the Kenaitze First Nation Tribe called Ch’wala ka’a. When this 74-foot Lutz Spruce […]

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