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Nature Play

Nature Play

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PLTA) says: “Unstructured, frequent childhood play in informal outdoor settings powerfully boosts the cognitive, creative, physical, social and emotional development of children. It also engenders deep conservation values; more so than any other factor.”  Continuing research is supporting this statement. In an effort to explain the idea further and to […]

Izaak Walton League

Izaak Walton League

Basis of The Isaac Walton League As the author of The Compleat Angler, Izaak Walton’s (1594-1683) name is synonymous with fishing.  He thus became the perfect namesake for The Isaac Walton League, an association originally formed to preserve fishing opportunities for future generations. The group was founded in Chicago in 1922 and by 1924 had […]

The Closeted Generation

The Closeted Generation

After surveying 2000 parents across the United Kingdom, adventure blog Go Ape decided that the current generation of kids should be called the “Closeted Generation” because they are spending too much time indoors in front of a screen.  They found that 22% of parents put their kids in front of a screen “because its easier” even though […]

21st Century Conservation Service Corps

21st Century Conservation Service Corps

The Mission of 21CSC The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men as part of the New Deal. Originally for young men ages 18–23, it was eventually expanded to young men ages 17–28. Since the days of the CCC, […]

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans – Getting a Project Grant

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans – Getting a Project Grant

SCORP The title is a mouth full, but Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans (SCORP) are a critical component in getting you the outdoor recreation opportunities you enjoy so much.  All of the states have a SCORP and update them every five years.  The driver behind the SCORP is funding for recreation projects through the Federal Land […]

Bear Poop at Jasper National Park

Bear Poop at Jasper National Park

If you are looking to combine hiking with some citizen science, Jasper National Park in Canada, is offering an interesting option. The Park is seeking volunteers to help with the first year of a pilot project to sample and analyze the DNA of black and grizzly bears in the park. Samples are taken from bear […]

Outdoor Recreation Funds Fish and Wildlife

Outdoor Recreation Funds Fish and Wildlife

Outdoor recreationists contribute a lot to keeping fish and wildlife populations healthy.  Special Federal excise taxes on sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment, electric boat motors, and taxes on motorboat fuel all contribute to fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across the U.S. “These funds are the cornerstone of state-based efforts that are critical to the […]

Be a Campground Host

Be a Campground Host

According to the U.S. Forest Service: “A campground host is a volunteer who agrees to spend part or all of the year in a National Forest campground. A host helps other campers by answering questions, providing information about the local area, and acts as the “eyes and ears” for identifying problems when Forest Service employees […]

Tread Lightly

Tread Lightly

Tread Lightly In an earlier post we mentioned how the U.S. Forest Service’s Leave No Trace program for non-motorized recreationists was later complimented with the Tread Lightly program aimed at motorized recreationists.  The Forest Service started the program in 1985 to address impacts associated with off-road and sometimes on-road motor vehicle use. In many areas within […]

Trash

Trash

What happens when you leave trash at your campsite? Just don’t!

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