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Narratives Worth Exploring

Commentary, Diversity, Environmental Justice, Essays, Nelson Institute, Outdoors For All, ReThinkOutside, The Adventure Gap / 24.04.2020

Through the  hive-mind of social media I was reminded this morning on LinkedIn that yesterday was my third work anniversary at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Nelson Institute For Environmental Studies. It just so happened at that moment I was deep in thought on a series of 12 sessions I am preparing for my summer class called Outdoors For All. Over the course of four weeks my students and I take a long look back in time at the racial disparities that separate those who spend time in...

Charitable Giving / 20.04.2020

With all that’s going on across the world right now many in our community are in need of help. As we shelter safe at home in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic there are those among us who are struggling to pay their bills, keep the lights on and put food in the fridge. As freelance creatives, educators and environmental activists many of us scrape by on a megger income in an economy where paying gigs are few and far between. And as not everyone will qualify for...

Kids in Nature, Photography, ReThinkOutside / 14.04.2020

The Joy Trip Project is happy to announce the next recipient of a lovingly used digital camera! Thanks to the generous contribution of a donor in Madison, Wisconsin, Austin Miller will receive a Leica V-Lux 1 with a spare battery, a charger and the original instruction manual. He will also get a Sling camera strap and the new Travel Tripod from our friends at Peak Design. Whenever possible it is critically important to support and encourage the interests of young people to express what they see in the world...

Diversity, Fly Fishing, National Parks, Public Land, ReThinkOutside, Uncategorized / 09.04.2020

If you follow the Instagram feed of Christine Hill (@misschrisyface )you’ve probably been inspired to at least consider taking up fly fishing. An environmental lobbyist for the Sierra Club based in Washington D.C., she splits her time between the Halls of Congress and the mountain streams of Haines, Alaska. Along with her boyfriend, professional fishing guide Greg Schlachter, Hill hauls in enormous Coho, Chum, Kug and King salmon varieties with infectious joy and enthusiasm. With every shot she inspires her fans and followers to imagine themselves casting a fly...

Diversity, Film Review, National Monuments, Public Land, ReThinkOutside / 04.03.2020

For many, it’s hard to imagine or even believe that they are owners of public land. In a nation defined by the displacement of native people and an economy originally built on the backs of slaves stolen from another continent, it’s safe to say that America has a very complicated history when it comes to understanding exactly who this land belongs to. A new short film directed by Whit Hasset and Chelsea Jolly follows a journey of discovery across a disputed territory at risk of being taken out...

Adventure Media Review, Diversity, Environmental Protection, Everyone Outside, Film preview, Film Review, National Forests, National Parks, Public Land, ReThinkOutside / 27.02.2020

Imagine what our world would look like today if from the outset our public lands were made open and accessible to everyone. The history of our national parks and recreation areas is riddled with tragic narratives of exclusion that have deprived marginalized communities of not only the chance to spend time in the outdoors but to become part of the movement to protect and preserve the natural world. A new short film from the Outbound Collective aims to turn that notion on its head by welcoming in an...