With more states like ours — Maryland and Virginia — joining the “shelter-in-place” club, finding a way to get outdoors but maintain the appropriate social distance is increasingly difficult in urban areas and the stress of it all can be really draining. There is a wealth of resources to help you get outdoors — albeit virtually — if you cannot easily get to a secluded place to enjoy nature safely. If you want something bold or exotic, try a virtual expedition with a National Geographic Explorer. Even a one-minute “walk in the woods” in silence like the one above in Federica Park on St. Simons Island, Georgia can provide instant relief from our new relative captivity.Continue Reading 510 words
As Black History Month comes to a close, we wanted to highlight parks like the Harrington Community Park on St. Simons Island, Georgia, that conserves an important piece of African American history in the region, as well as ecologically sensitive wetlands, ponds that provide habitat for federally endangered wood storks and other native wildlife.
Why This Matters: Local parks can and should celebrate the natural world and, when possible, our history — both are an important part of the heritage that we want to pass down to future generations.Continue Reading 542 words
Today would have been Stewart Udall’s 100th birthday — and while many Americans may not know his name — he was Secretary of Interior to President’s John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and led the birth of today’s conservation movement in the 1960’s — there are few Americans who have not benefitted from his legacy, parks large and small across the nation. He made parks an integral part of modern America.
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When we asked our partners at the St. Simons Land Trust about what they’ve been thankful for this year they told us that the opportunity to operate a land trust in one of coastal Georgia’s most diverse ecosystems is something to be thankful for in and of itself. Land trusts are a really important conservation […]Continue Reading 500 words
by Raleigh Kitchen, Membership and Outreach Manager, St. Simons Land Trust The issue of conservation is a topical one. You hear about it on the news, read it in the paper, and sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of lands, waters, and wildlife in need of it. Conservation feels like a big […]Continue Reading 847 words
By Raleigh Kitchen, Membership and Outreach Manager, St. Simons Land Trust Earth Day is usually associated with big demonstrations, laudable corporate commitments and remarks by national figures encouraging us to keep persevering in the fight for our planet. Those are all important actions, but we can’t forget that the most impactful things we can do […]Continue Reading 464 words