...would not be complete without a stop at the Adkins Arboretum, in Ridgely, Maryland. On the advice of some close friends we spent a few hours roaming the gentle paths among acres of native plant species. This fellow nonprofit organization demonstrates the beauty and importance of being careful to 'leave what you find' when traveling to new locales. The spread of invasive species can easily disrupt terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems. For those looking for more information on invasive species in your area, try the National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC). Here a few shots from our time at the arboretum:
This past Saturday the e-tour team joined their outfitting sponsor The North Face at the first Explore Your Parks event of the season at Mason Neck State Park in Lorton, Virginia. All of the youth at the event enjoyed a hike along the shoreline and had a chance to try out the 'rule of thumb' as they respected the abundant wildlife in the park. In no time, we saw eagles, blue herons, salamanders, and even a marsh turtle along the Bayview Trail.
What a beautiful country we live in! Watching fields of greenery, bursting Spring colors, bounding deer, curious raccoons, and stoic raptors is giving us plenty of time to contemplate what an amazing opportunity you have granted us. Yes, YOU! We are able to bring the important messages of responsible recreation and stewardship to youth around the country because of your generous donations and membership to Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Not a member? Want to sponsor us for a day? You can arrange to give a gift from our sponsorship page. To those of you who have given already, we cannot thank you enough, and are excited to share our experiences teaching and living Leave No Trace. We want to hear from all of you, so please share your thoughts and check back often. Everyday is sure to be an adventure.