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Wilderness Wars

A new generation of mountain bikers and paddlers is challenging how we explore and protect wild places.<p>On a spring day in 1986, three kayakers appeared in Yellowstone National Park, moving along the fast-rippling water of the Yellowstone River. A helicopter approached and they stubbornly stayed …

Music As A Gateway To Nature

How can a person connect with endangered species that they’ve never seen nor experienced? One man’s idea is to create modern music featuring these animals’ sounds, calls and songs<p>Ever since Ben Mirin can remember, he was captivated by sound, and birds were his first teachers.<p>“I’ve been a birder all …

Co-Working Space Brings The Calming Atmosphere Of Nature Indoors

An architectural firm in China has designed a new type of shared office that prioritizes the natural environment

Why more young men are choosing video games over a job

A growing number of young men without college degrees are choosing to live at home and play video games rather than working, according to a new study.<p>…

Adventure Academy Turns Desk Jockeys into Savvy Explorers

Everyone’s up for an adventure in theory, but it’s hard to actually take the leap. Maybe you’re not sure how to bushwhack through the jungle, or communicate in a place where English isn’t spoken. There are safety concerns to think about, and even if you make it all the way to France, or Kyrgyzstan, …

Watch People Play ‘Pong’ on a Rock Wall With Augmented Climbing

Augmented reality meets indoor climbing<p>How do you make <i>Pong</i> way more physically demanding than it needs to be and improve rock-climbing walls in the process? The answer, apparently, is augmented reality.<p>Billed as the "first global gaming platform for climbing walls," Augmented Climbing offers …

Watching Hayley Ashburn Walk a 170-foot Slackline on a 9,000-Foot Peak Changed My POV

<b>When tight-line walking dare-devil Hayley Ashburn</b> pushed the limits of slack-lining with her insane stunt on a 9,000-foot-tall mountain peak, my eyes …

Cite this Article

Lovers of wilderness and wildlife will feel at home in Alaska's varied terrain.<p>(Photo: Alaska range image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com )<p>Alaska is a mecca for the ecotourist. Its roster of public, protected lands is extensive, consisting of national forests, parks, monuments, wildlife refuges and state …

National Parks

Cities, Nature and the Leaders of Tomorrow - An Interview With LEAF Alum Orlando Raez

Photo © Karine Aigner<p><i>Orlando Raez has been working in city planning since 2004, but he's been thinking about environmental issues and the relationship between cities and nature for much longer. An early interest in nature led Orlando to apply to The Nature Conservancy's LEAF program (Leaders in</i> …

First Click: Augmenting nature one plug at a time

The line separating work and life has become sufficiently blurred over the years such that it’s now nearly invisible for some. I’m fortunate that I can work from pretty much anywhere as long as I’ve got my laptop and a reasonably fast internet connection. That could be a bad thing since I enjoy my …

Kitesurfing

The so-called fifth force of nature is starting to look more and more real

by Graham Templeton<p>A fifth fundamental force, perhaps discovered as part of the search for dark matter, has been reported in a new paper published in</i> …

Experience Yosemite National Park in Virtual Reality with President Obama

Earlier this summer, the First Family traveled to Yosemite National Park to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. Today, on the National Parks 100th birthday, you can experience the President’s trip to Yosemite like never before through virtual reality (VR).<p>In a first-ever VR …

Will our national parks survive the next 100 years?

For a westerner, it felt like an abundance of water in a year of drought as we stood at the overlook of Great Falls watching the Potomac River being funneled through the Mather Gorge named after Stephen T. Mather, the first director of the National Park Service. The cascading rapids and dramatic …

Survey Shows Parents Want More Outdoor Nature Play for Kids in School

A recent survey finds that 94% of parents would like schools to help their kids get outside and discover nature. The survey, conducted by the organic …

Looking to his legacy, Barack Obama creates largest protected natural space on Earth

Barack Obama has created the largest protected natural area anywhere on Earth, as he pushes to make the environment and the fight against climate change cornerstones of his legacy.<p>The American president yesterday signed an executive order quadrupling the protective perimeter around …

Gut health, mental wellbeing and immunity linked to outdoor play

A disconnection from nature can affect everything in a child from gut health and immunity, to mental health and even the way they think, recent …

Mental Health

The Nature of Adult ADHD

<b>At School</b><p>Most adults who have ADHD symptoms report a history of poor school performance. Although some people have mild cases of ADHD and are able to …

Psychology

The Sanctity of Urban Nature Pervades this Outdoor Group Show

A 30-year anniversary show in Socrates Sculpture Park celebrates the earth, community, and the longevity of bees.<p>A small grassy alcove in Long Island City, New York, juts into the East River boasting a curious collection of outdoor art installations. The Socrates Sculpture Park, a refurbished …

How camping technology made us feel at home in nature

The National Park System is turning 100, and The Verge is celebrating with Wilderness Week: a look at the natural world, its freaky critters, and its future.<p>I used to think of camping trips as a time to disconnect from society. That is, until I started covering camping gadgets and discovered that a …

Batteries

Best Meditation Apps for iPhone and Android: Explore the Peace at Your Own Place

In this rapidly growing world, everyone is in a rush to get more. Hence, they could get time to seat in the room and give relief to body and mind. In …

One of Nature's Most Amazing Sights

One of Yellowstone's most popular attractions, the Grand Prismatic Spring is home to some of the earliest forms of life on Earth (2:42)