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Outdoors For All ~ Where to begin?

When it comes to discussing complex social issues it’s hard to know where to start. This summer I’m scheduled to teach a course on diversity and inclusion in outdoor recreation called Outdoors For All at the University of Wisconsin Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies. As a linear thinker my first inclination was to begin the […]

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Designations Diminished

Our National Monuments are enduring reminders of our historic legacy and past accomplishments. They aim to protect for future generations the natural beauty and cultural significance of public sites that have helped to shape our national identity. But they also preserve our memory of atrocities committed against vulnerable people and the land that we must […]

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The View From Here

When the temperature drops down below 20º often the last thing you want to do is leave the house. But if late winter brings a sudden dump of snowfall along with a crystal clear blue sky and full sunshine maybe outside is exactly where you ought to be. With a new pair of Oboz hiking boots […]

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The Environmental Protection Imperative

My host Dr. Kelli McMahan seemed to vibrate with enthusiasm. As she drove me from my hotel in Waco, Texas through the campus of Baylor University we watched an endless parade of young people in pursuit of knowledge and higher education. “There is nothing more exciting than life on a college campus,” she said. With […]

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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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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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Diversity In Our Wild Spaces

The National Parks are for everyone. A new short film illustrates the efforts underway to invite and welcome more people to enjoy their parks than ever before. Our outdoor public spaces, which include historic sites, memorials and monuments, are indeed open and accessible to anyone willing and able to venture out into the wide world, […]

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Lost Mountain Next Generation Symposium

Adventurer and social entrepreneur Majka Burhardt wants to change the way we think about environmental conservation. In the interests of protecting endangered ecosystems she’s bringing together a broad collation of stakeholders in an effort to create a sustainable model of mutual cooperation and understanding. The idea is to not only look out for the best […]

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The Once and Future River ~ on assignment for Land + People

Curiosity is perhaps humanity’s greatest gift. Our inquiring minds drive us forward into an exciting world of mystery and exploration. With each new question we are inspired to discover what might be over the next ridge or beyond the horizon. It is these questions, the utter uncertainty of our existence that makes life worth living. […]

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The Adventure Gap Scholarship Fund

At the turn of the New Year my publisher let me know that the Mountaineers Books had sold more than 1,000 copies of The Adventure Gap. As we head into 2015 I am committed to keep the momentum moving forward and I want to encourage those of you who have purchased and enjoyed this book […]

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