Best National Parks to Visit During the Spring

best national parks

The sun is staying out longer, and the air is getting warmer. It’s time to get outdoors and explore what’s around you. This could include a spring break road trip or visits to your local park. While you’re figuring out what to do with this nice weather, how about looking into some National Parks? These…

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Top 5 Citizen Science Projects that You Can Start This Spring!

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When was the last time that you just stopped to take in everything that’s going on around you in nature? The trees blooming, the animals coming out to enjoy the sun’s warmth, the wind blowing the scent of those spring flowers across the hiking path. As you get out to experience nature this spring, think…

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What is Soil? Knowing the Difference Between Soil and Dirt

difference between soil and dirt

Spring is in the air, and it’s almost time to start clearing out and setting up this year’s garden. As you prepare your yard, have you considered the differences between soil and dirt? Often these two words are used interchangeably, but there are some differences in what many people mean when they use one or…

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Nature Activities for Kids

nature activities for kids

It’s that time of year: the grass turning green, the birds are chirping, and the breeze is getting a little warmer each day. As the weather starts to improve, it’s a sure bet that your child will want to get outside and explore the outdoors. If you’re getting bored of going to the playground time…

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Trophy Hunting – Are there Pros to go with the Cons?

Trophy Hunting

Trophy Hunting: Are There Pros to the Cons? In a world where big game hunting for the pure trophy of it is gaining in popularity, are there any positive ways to look at it? Some say that trophy hunting is helping in efforts as far as conservation. But this claim proves to be hard to…

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Is Climate Change Real?

Is Climate Change Real

Is Climate Change Real? There are a number of people who are skeptical of the climate change discussion. According to a report released by Public Religion Research Institute, that number includes more than one quarter of Americans. So how can these deniers not believe it is a real problem when 97% of scientists say that…

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The Basics of Reading a Map

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With GPSs and turn-by-turn directions literally at our fingertips, the art of reading and understanding a map is quickly becoming a thing of the past. However, there are certain situations where knowing how to read a map could be your only way out. When you’re out backpacking or taking a hike through your local forest…

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Climate Change at Joshua Tree National Park

joshua tree national park

When you think of climate change and what it’s doing to the wildlife, you most likely think of the melting ice caps and polar bears or the diminishing rainforests. While these are troubled areas, many other habitats and the plants and critters that live within them are also being affected around the world. One example…

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Resolve to Go Outdoors More This Year

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It’s easy to want to snuggle underneath your blanket and read a good book while you know the air outside has a chill to it. It’s even easier to want to stay in the air conditioning when it gets hot out in the summer. But no matter the weather (unless it’s extreme), there’s always a…

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Losing US Public Lands

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The year 2017 was not overly kind to our public lands in the United States. Due to plans put into action by the Trump administration and its Republican Congress, our public lands are slowly getting smaller and more costly to visit. Below, Ranger Mac will take a closer look at the actions taken in 2017…

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