The Great Outdoors

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Looking for travel tips, hiking recommendations, camping suggestions, and more? Find everything you need to get outside and experience the mountains, lakes, rivers, oceans, valleys, and all the great outdoors.

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The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a veiled chameleon and other animals enjoying the quieter streets Wild Life, National Geographic, Veiled Chameleon, Wild Bees, Big Horn Sheep, Monkey Island, Historia Natural, Fallow Deer

This Earth Day, Earth has something to say

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the planet and a pandemic are showing us what's possible.

Happy birthday to the man who's considered the father of the national park system and who put into words why love of nature matters, no matter where you live. John Muir, New Things To Learn, The Great Outdoors, Wilderness, National Parks, Father, Happy Birthday, Ocean, History

9 things you don't know about John Muir

Famed naturalist and conservationist John Muir was so much more than the father of our national parks.

Since the threats to coral reefs vary depending on location, scientists are customizing solutions to help them survive. Coral Reefs, Get Outside, Scientists, The Great Outdoors, Survival, Ocean, Earth, Learning, Creative

8 creative techniques to keep coral reefs alive

Since the threats to coral reefs vary depending on location, scientists are customizing solutions to help them survive.

Leaf blowers are a powerful way to get leaves out of your lawn, but they contribute to both air and noise pollution. Landscaping Tools, Noise Pollution, Lawn Sprinklers, Concrete Driveways, Free Plants, Annual Plants, Plant Nursery, Organic Farming, The Great Outdoors

Why we should ditch leaf blowers

Leaf blowers are a powerful way to get leaves out of your lawn, but they contribute to both air and noise pollution.

Ecuador has become the first to build a "quiet park," a lush stretch of land straddling the Zabalo River where silence is protected. South American Countries, Noise Pollution, Hidden Places, American Country, Natural Resources, Nature Reserve, Get Outside, Nature Pictures, The Great Outdoors

Shhh! This Is the First 'Quiet Park' in the World

Ecuador has become the first to build a "quiet park," a lush stretch of land straddling the Zabalo River where silence is protected.

Shinrin-yoku: A deep dive into forest bathing Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing, Old Trees, Get Outside, The Great Outdoors, Wilderness, Diving, Spirituality, Ocean
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Shinrin-yoku: A deep dive into forest bathing

If you're looking for a way to de-stress and relax, bath in the forest — or more specifically, take a walk through the woods.

Aristotle called it "watermelon snow," and some scientists call it "raspberry snow" but first impressions give way to something more macabre than these innocent nods to summer treats convey. Summer Treats, Macabre, Scientists, The Great Outdoors, Arctic, Watermelon, Raspberry, Blood, Snow

'Blood snow' invades the Antarctic

Blood snow not only looks sinister, it contributes to a feedback loop that accelerates warming.

The residents of Hamburg, New York, know all about winter life near Lake Erie, but 48 hours of gale-force winds is difficult to prepare for, even for them. Houses throughout the town turned into ice palaces after the intense blustery weather blew through. Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Large Waves, Great Lakes Region, Lake Water, Snow And Ice, Lake Erie, Severe Weather, Get Outside

Lake Erie winds transform houses into tawny ice palaces

Freezing winds from Lake Erie turned houses into ice after two days of gale-force winds.

There's plenty of research demonstrating the link between being in nature and being happy, but most of the research has focused on adults. Fish Camp, Make Happy, Wildlife Nature, The Great Outdoors, Mother Nature, Connection, Fishing, Camping, Feelings

Feeling connected to nature makes children happier, too

Being connected to nature makes kids happier and more likely to act sustainably.

The 'most famous bike trail in the world' may be leased to oil companies Bike Trails, Biking, Get Outside, Camps, World Traveler, The Great Outdoors, Utah, Grand Canyon, Travel Tips

The 'most famous bike trail in the world' may be leased to oil companies

The federal government is proposing opening up Utah's Sand Flats to drilling.

Seeing the northern lights in person is on many travelers' bucket lists. But while you save up for the trip, there's a live camera in Canada that can make the wait easier. Yosemite National Park, National Parks, Landscape Photos, Landscape Photography, Lighthouse Storm, See The Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, Night Photography, Pacific Northwest

How to watch the northern lights from the comfort of home

Watch the northern lights from home, courtesy of explore.org through their live camera in Canada.

Fog, caverns, and corn fields are popular settings for horror films. Why not sand dunes? In fact, new research suggests that these undulating landscapes might even be capable of "communicating" their movements with one another, according to Eureka Alert. Horror Films, Pune, Dungeons And Dragons, The Great Outdoors, Fields, Photographers, Communication, National Parks, Landscapes

Sand dunes might be 'communicating' with one another

The nation’s sandbox is found in southern Colorado. The heart of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a dune field that spreads out for nearly 30 sq

The new auroral form called a sky dune has been discovered by amateur stargazers. Here On Earth, The Dunes, Get Outside, Stargazing, The Great Outdoors, Astronomy, Northern Lights, The Outsiders, Waves

Space

Learn all about outer space: the stars, the planets, the sun and moon, and the many discoveries humans have made in the universe beyond.

Video shows rainstorms rolling over Western Australia, dumping rain on areas affected by bushfires. Nature Photography Tips, Ocean Photography, Queensland Australia, Western Australia, Rain Storm, Get Outside, Amazing Nature, The Great Outdoors, Mother Nature

weeHouse Architect and Plant Prefab Launch New Line of Wee Accessory Dwelling Units

There is a lot of history here, and a great future.

Earth still holds secrets. Among those secrets, what formed the Carolina bays, Earth's most mysterious landform? People drive by them without a clue as to what they're seeing. Urban Park, Bays, His Travel, Drawing Board, Get Outside, Mother Earth, The Great Outdoors, Mysterious, Wilderness

​Why Carolina bays are an enduring mystery

All the latest in camping, hiking, picnics, and other explorations of the great outdoors, from urban parks to public lands.

As humans age, our bodies start to slow down and get creaky. But the same doesn't happen with the ginkgo biloba tree. Tree Tree, Tree Forest, Trees, Fountain Of Youth, Backyard Landscaping, The Great Outdoors, Bodies, Exploring, Age

Gingko biloba trees guard a secret fountain of youth

Is Parabiosis, also known as young blood transfusion, an immortality elixir or snake oil? The experimental procedure was first utilized in 1864