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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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,...

REI and National Park Foundation

REI and National Park Foundation
REI and the National Parks REI, the nation’s largest consumer co-op, recently announced its support of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 through a multi-year, multi-million...

If the People Were Bears and the Bears Were People

If the People Were Bears and the Bears Were People
What would you do? Take a look at the photo above.  Now imagine that those five people are nervous grizzly bears (or murderous zombies, if that would put some fear in your heart) and the four black...

Timed Hiking Trails – Technology for Competi...

Timed Hiking Trails – Technology for Competitive Hikers
Technology for Competitive Hikers Whistler Blackcomb in Whistler BC, Canada began using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) technology last  winter.  Skiers  buy a pass that includes an...

Living in Cuyahoga National Park

Living in Cuyahoga National Park
Countryside Initiative Program The National Park Service has created a Countryside Initiative program in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy.  The program is designed to...

Diversity in Outdoor Recreation

Diversity in Outdoor Recreation
We have mentioned the work of Latino Outdoors to “connect cultura with the outdoors.” Current African American culture also discourages the outdoor connection.  Outdoor Journalist James Wells...

Federal Recreational Lands Passes

Federal Recreational Lands Passes
Save Money at Federal Lands With fees rising at most of the National Parks and more people traveling this summer due to lower gasoline prices, it’s time to get your Federal Recreational Lands...

Around the World

Around the World
Around the World with Teens Ever wonder what it would be like to drop everything and take your family on an around the  world trip while living from backpacks for more than a year?  Mike and Catrell...

The Mitchell Monument

The Mitchell Monument
Students and Teacher Killed in Japanese Attack Seventy years ago, May 5, 1945,  six U.S. civilians were killed in Oregon by a Japanese attack.  They were the only mainland victims of enemy action...

Historical Topographic Maps

Historical Topographic Maps
Topographic Maps Explorers need maps.  The U.S. Geological Survey has been creating and updating these maps since its inception in 1879.  If you need a current map for your explorations,  you can...

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