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    Night-Hiking With the San Luis Valley’s Bachelor Bats

    Night-Hiking With the San Luis Valley’s Bachelor Bats

    By Stacey McKenna I’m sitting on a ridge at 9,000 feet, overlooking the world’s largest alpine valley. The mid-June sun drops behind a nearby cliff band and the clouds shift, leaving errant rays of light shimmering in the passing agricultural vehicles’ dust trails. Behind me, a fence blocks access to a yawning hole—the entrance to […]

    Culture Clash: Nature and Civilization Face Off in the Art of Michael Wang

    Culture Clash: Nature and Civilization Face Off in the Art of Michael Wang

    By Patrick Rogers The rooftop garden of the Swiss Institute Contemporary Art gallery in New York looks much like you’d expect of a newly renovated former bank building in lower Manhattan. Rows of simple aluminum planters line the small rectangular space, sprouting leafy greenery that frames views of the busy streets below. Yet this ordinary-looking […]

    If Meditation Is Not Your Thing, Try a Walk in the Woods

    If Meditation Is Not Your Thing, Try a Walk in the Woods

    By Karin Klein There are times when I don’t know what to do with myself. I feel at odds with the world, irritated by the people in it, in a funk about myself and what I’m achieving or, rather, not achieving, overwhelmed by the obstacles and complications of life. Happiness seems like an entirely elusive […]

    Float On This Season With 9 Paddling Must-Haves

    Float On This Season With 9 Paddling Must-Haves

    By Conor Mihell After nearly 20 years of venturing in canoes and kayaks down wild rivers and along all three of North America’s seacoasts, plus guiding multiday tours on the Great Lakes, I have distilled my expectations for paddle-sports gear into three nonnegotiables: simplicity, versatility and durability. Based on those criteria, here are some favorites. […]

    The Hiker’s Guide to Communing With Nature

    The Hiker’s Guide to Communing With Nature

    By Jillian Mackenzie If you’ve visited the wilderness recently, you may have noticed something: people. People with walking sticks, people with selfie sticks, people with more people in tow. Surging numbers of visitors are hiking, camping, and all-around loving the outdoors. A whopping 330,882,751 of them spent 1.44 billion hours in our national parks in […]

    3 Agritourism Hotspots to Visit This Summer

    3 Agritourism Hotspots to Visit This Summer

    By Brian Barth Looking for a different idea for a summer getaway? Agritourism—a general term referring to the notion of visiting a farm for recreational or educational purposes—is a growing sector that gives anyone a chance to experience farm life, while also providing another revenue stream to said farmers—no WOOFing required (unless you want!). Many […]

    Finding a Future in the Forest

    Finding a Future in the Forest

    By Maggie Badore One of the largest remaining tropical rainforests in the Americas stretches across the Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche, and reaches down into Guatemala and Belize. The forests are home to an innumerable number of species, from jaguars and mahogany trees, to plants, insects and animals still yet to be […]

    10 Tips for Traveling More Responsibly

    10 Tips for Traveling More Responsibly

    Each year, almost 1.2 billion people travel abroad, making travel and tourism one of the largest industries in the world. Representing a whopping 10 percent of the global economy, it supplies millions of jobs and benefits countless communities. Yet while travel has many positive impacts, it can also take a heavy toll on the environment, […]