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Sauntering

Sauntering

There is a fourth lesson of the trail. It is one which John Muir taught me .  There are always some people in the mountains who are known as “hikers.” They rush over the trail at high speed and take great delight in being the first to reach camp and in covering the greatest number […]

This is Your Brain on Trees

This is Your Brain on Trees

Older people that live near forests have healthier brains. If you want to know how we could possibly know that, you will need to . . .

More About Morels

More About Morels

We wrote about morel mushrooms in the eMagazine, but here’s another angle on the story in the form of a press release from our friends at Lost Creek Mushroom Farm: Perkins, OK (PRWEB) March 15, 2017 Morel mushrooms are about to arrive, according to Shiitake Mama of Lost Creek Mushroom Farm. Delicious and mysterious, hard […]

The Importance of Trees

The Importance of Trees

  Someone posed this question on Quora: What is the importance of trees in a forest? I answered the question this way: While you wouldn’t have a forest without trees, I suspect the question is more about the role of trees in the forested ecosystem. It’s a complicated ecosystem, so let me offer a few […]

Map Navigation 101: Bearings

Map Navigation 101: Bearings

A month or so ago we offered the first in this series of posts on Map Navigation.  That post addressed declination by providing some background information then presenting a video tutorial presented by Sierra Designs and Andrew Skurka.  They have now produced another video that discusses bearings and how to find a bearing in the field, […]

The Proper Dose of Nature

The Proper Dose of Nature

There has been a lot of research on the importance of getting outdoors in a natural setting.  That research and the general feelings people have had on the subject for centuries has led to the creation of lots of parks and other opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.  We summed up those findings in our review […]

Map Navigation 101: Declination

Map Navigation 101: Declination

Map reading is a critical skill for adventurers.  It may seem like your Geographical Positioning System unit is a wonderful thing – and it is – until it dies without warning.  When that happens, you must have a map and compass with you and know how to use them.  I’ve been thinking about putting together […]

Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook – A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreation Professionals, and Health Practitioners

Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook – A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreation Professionals, and Health Practitioners

The Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program of the National Park Service and the Healthy Community Design Initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention got together and produced a Parks, Trails and Health Workbook.  It is widely recognized that parks are critical to the health of communities and the people that live in them.  This […]

Animal Safety

Animal Safety

This post is about you being safe from animals.  It seems that there are regular reports of people doing crazy things around wild animals.  Whether it is putting a bison calf into the back seat of a car at Yellowstone National Park or arguing with a bear that is exploring a kayak, people continue to […]

The Sounds of Nature

The Sounds of Nature

While much of nature operates in silence, the wilderness exudes a multitude of sounds from the sweet songs of endless species of birds, to the coyote’s wail, the elk’s bugle, the wind through the canopy of trees, the tumultuous crashing of a waterfall, the crack of thunder as lightning splits the sky . . .   These […]

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