Sky Lakes

1. Sky Lakes

High in the Oregon Cascade Mountains, south of Crater Lake National Park is Sky Lakes Wilderness. There are many beautiful high mountain lakes in the Wilderness, thus the name. Here are panoramic photos of four of them: Blue Lake Island...
The Outdoor Recreation Economy

2. The Outdoor Recreation Ec...

Outdoor recreation is an important contributor to the U.S. economy. In this article, you will learn the size of that contribution.

Where to Hike?

3. Where to Hike?

Looking for a great place to hike, but don’t have a clue? Here are four ways to discover your new favorite trail.

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Funding Land and Water Conservation

Funding Land and Water Conservation
After expiring at the end of September 2015, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been reauthorized. There is money in the fund from a portion of the revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling...

Wiring the National Parks

Wiring the National Parks
While Congressional Republicans are wondering why the internet needs to be so fast for us users, Congressional democrats are pushing to provide free, broadband, Wi-fi service to users at all...

Gear Trade

Gear Trade
Outdoor gear can get expensive.  If you are looking for less expensive options, you might try Gear Trade, our newest affiliate.  If you have some gear you no longer need,  Gear Trade also provides a...

Reconnecting our Youth to Outdoor Recreation, Who&...

Reconnecting our Youth to Outdoor Recreation, Who’s In?
  This post by Becky Schwanke first appeared on the Tuff Kids Outdoors Blog on January 21st, 2016.  It is reposted here with the author’s permission. Beyond your own family, your own town...

Honing Your Senses for Outdoor Discovery

Honing Your Senses for Outdoor Discovery
When exploring, our primal senses kick in to alert us to anything that moves.  It could be food or danger, but either way we need to know about it so we can choose fight or flight.  Beyond that...

Lessons Learned from Death by Grizzly Bear

Lessons Learned from Death by Grizzly Bear
Lance Crosby, 63, from Billings, Montana, was killed by a grizzly bear on Elephant Back Mountain in Yellowstone National Park on August 6, 2015. Crosby was a seasonal employee at the Lake Medical...

The Irish Green Prescription for Mental Health

The Irish Green Prescription for Mental Health
I’ve talked about the importance of the outdoors and general communing with nature in maintaining health in previous posts.  The people in Ireland are taking the notion even further. The Green...

Heinz Stücke: The Man on the Bicycle

Heinz Stücke: The Man on the Bicycle
Those of us that enjoy bicycling typically have a regimen that involves a loop ride outside our door or a mountain adventure for an afternoon or a day.   Some of us even get into cross country...

iNaturalist for Citizen Scientists

iNaturalist for Citizen Scientists
In the spring of 2014, the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) acquired a crowdsourcing network called iNaturalist.  iNaturalist.org is a social network and mobile application for sharing...

Skijoring – Get Your Dog on the Trail

Skijoring – Get Your Dog on the Trail
Skijoring is simply cross country skiing with a motive force to help move you along.  The word comes from the Norwegian skikjøring meaning ski driving.  You are basically on skis driving along with...

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