Get Outside and Play, Says Mrs. ObamaFirst Lady Michelle Obama recently launched a video encouraging families and children to play in America's great outdoors. The First Lady's Let's Move! campaign began in July 2010, with the express purpose of solving the childhood obesity crisis in one generation.
The outdoors is not only good for improving our health and the health of our children, but also has innumerable benefits beyond just reducing our waistlines. Spending time in nature can help make us healthier and happier, alleviate anxiety, improve our children's vision and possibly help us learn better.
We commend the First Lady for spreading some sunshine on what many of us already know - that getting outside really is good for us! And it's fun, too! Check out Mission Outdoors' take on the video.
Nolan Gould Loves the Outdoors, Makes Sierra Club His New FamilySierra Club's newest (youngest?) youth ambassador, Modern Family star Nolan Gould, spent a week in the Grand Canyon with his family enjoying one of America's most treasured landscapes. He hiked, boated, possibly rode a donkey down a winding trail and filmed a few awesome videos extolling the virtues of the outdoors.
From offering tips to stay cool (eat ice cream!), to giving advice on Leave No Trace, Nolan proved that getting outdoors in nature is a pretty great way to spend the summer.
As Nolan says, "The best way to enjoy the planet is to protect it." So get out there and find yourself a big brother to fan you on hotter days. And, while you're at it, check out a few more newsclips about this trip (see In the News)
Ya, Ya, What Happens In Vegas, Wait ... Scratch ThatThis time feel free to tell everyone you know about this Vegas story - Las Vegas Inner City Outings is up and running! After months of planning and organizing, in late April a wonderful and dedicated team of Las Vegas volunteers showed Sierra Club spirit on their first outing with a dozen young people from Burk High School, an alternative school in the heart of Las Vegas. Outings leaders Charlie Schneider, Betty Gallifent and Ian Pearson took the kids exploring Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and taught them about Leave No Trace (it's a theme!), water issues and the diverse ecosystem.
And to make sure no one got overheated, there was optional splashing around in a spring-fed pool to cool off after lunch. The first outing went so well that we couldn't resist a surprise stop for ice cream (clearly, another theme to staying cool!). If you're interested in volunteering, contact Charlie for more info.
May the Forest Be With YouSierra Club Resilient Habitats Organizer Eliza Kretzmann and Rio Grande Chapter Outings Leader Norma McCallan recently led several wilderness enthusiasts on a citizen's forest inventory outing in the Cibola Forest, just outside of Albuquerque. This outing was the first of several in an effort to activate volunteers to take part in the first update in the US Forest Service planning rule for the Cibola Forest since the Reagan era (a time of "Star Wars" and Star Wars).
The Cibola Forest includes 1.6 million acres of magnificent land in New Mexico. These local outings and trainings will show citizen activists how to inventory forest and roadless areas. Anyone can help with future inventories, whether through the windshield of a car or by foot (our preferred method!) in our beautiful landscapes. Join them for the next Forest Inventory and Training on August 25 in the San Mateo Mountains outside of Socorro, NM.
At Yosemite You Really Have to Mind The GapThe Sierra Club recently released the National Park Subway Map. Not only is it very cool, but it's also useful! While perhaps not the most accurate, it sure hits the mark on how accessible many of our national parks are.
Get out your map and explore! Now if only the national rail system really was this good.