Active Duty Soldiers and Families: Show and Tell Us Your Favorite Place
Veterans, military families
and soldiers - thank you for all that you do! In honor of Veterans Day and those
who serve this country, the Sierra Club and the Bureau of Land Management has
announced our first ever Veterans Day Essay and Photo Contest. “What My Public
Lands Mean to Me,” encourages veterans, active-duty military, and their
families to submit photos, essays and video about their experiences and
memories of time spent outside on America’s public lands.
Entries will be accepted
through Thursday, December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day. From the 7th until December
14th, members of the public will be able to vote for their favorite entries
through the same website. The three most popular entries will be featured on
the BLM and Sierra Club websites and social media platforms, and receive an
outdoor support kit from the Sierra Club.
Read more on the Mission Outdoors Blog, and check out a blog entry from John Turner
that we think captures the spirit this challenge!
Harrisburg Kids Enjoy the Beach
October, Harrisburg Inner City Outings students spent a special weekend at Assateague National Seashore, a 37 mile long barrier island that extends
from Maryland to Virginia. This was the first time many of these kids spent
overnight camping. By all accounts, they had a blast.
Fifteen young people, aged
13-17, from Harrisburg Math-Science Academy, Harrisburg Sci-Tech Academy &
Kingdom Embassy, camped, jumped into the ocean in their day clothes (see
photo!), saw wild horses and identified three different kinds of crabs (horseshoe,
blue and ghost).
experience is best described by one of the participants: “For the two nights
that we were at Assateague we had to sleep in a sleeping bag in your tent and
you could not have any food in your tent or else the wild horses were going to
get you!!! My trip to Assateague was the best ICO trip I ever went to because
it really helped me to make new friends and enjoy some time out of the house.”
out more photos from their trip.
a volunteer. We do. Often.
Club volunteers make us who we are as an organization. They donate their
hard-earned dollars and give us hundreds of hours of their time every single
year. We simply couldn’t do the work of getting America outdoors without their
in honor of International Volunteer Day on December 5th, we are giving a little
back by celebrating the selfless work of our dedicated volunteers. Join us on a conference call to honor
our volunteers and learn about what’s in
store for Mission Outdoors in 2013.
this blog from an Inner City Outings Rafting Group volunteer, Kate Starr.
What's on the Horizon
now for the best idea to get your community outdoors! Our friends at The
Wilderness Society and the Forest Service have partnered on a challenge to
collect great ideas for connecting people with our beautiful public lands. The
contest just ended, but voting has begun. Vote now!
the call! For presentations, that is. The fine folks at Park Pride in Atlanta
have extended the deadline for presentations for the Activating Parks for Healthy
Communities Conference in March 2013. If you are interested in presenting,
check this out, and get your presentation in at the end of the month.
you enjoy long walks in the North Carolina woods and the smell of a campfire? Well, it’s not too late to get
trained as an outings leader! Spots are still open for an upcoming training at
Fort Caswell on November 30 - December 2. Check here for more information.
Mark your calendars
December 7 @ 1 PM PT for a special online event with Sierra Club Executive Director
Mike Brune, Sierra Club Mission Outdoors Director Stacy Bare and craigslist
founder Craig Newmark. Visit the Mission Outdoors website after Thanksgiving for more details!
News You Can Use
teens know they aren’t getting out enough. Eighty-eight percent of teens in
this study agree their generation is disconnected from the outdoors.
agree - the best playground is the one nature provided. Check out this article
in Fast Company about the benefits of nature-based play spaces.
outdoor industry is big business - to the tune of $646 billion in direct
consumer spending per year. Read the Outdoor Industry Association report.
outdoors makes your workout better. Really, it does, so get out there. And
if you are looking for a good workout in the outdoors, check out our local
Mission Outdoors in the News
for somewhere to hike with a toddler in tow? Our local and inner city outings
volunteers helped develop this list of great local hikes near America’s big
out this great blog piece by our hero and friend Conrad Anker about his climb
at Glacier National Park with veterans on the Climate Reconnaissance Team.
about the Climate Reconnaissance Team in November’s edition of G.I. Jobs.
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