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4/12/18 12:27 A

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I promote the outdoors in a few ways -

1. Being knowledgeable about my surrounding wilderness. I love reptiles, but I also know a fair share about mammals and whatnot.

2. Supporting local charities that protect environmentally sensitive areas. Be it creeks or old farmsteads or anything, I have a few monthly donations set up.

3. And the one I'm currently working on right now - being active in the outdoors myself. Its one thing to talk the talk, but its another to walk the walk. I find people really like to see all three actions and thoughts from you to be interested in the outdoors.

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You can use photo imagery to promote outdoor activities. I use photos when organizing outdoor activities in hopes that it sparks an interest and will lead others to spread the word about the event. These few images are from a 2 week trip out to Utah that I just returned from.


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9/4/17 11:22 P

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Big backpacking trip coming up this week. More opportunities to promote the outdoors. Totally looking forward to this.

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9/2/17 1:02 A

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Absolutely. Retirement is awesome and the freedom to do what one pleases is an added bonus. Hiking a lot and enjoying the travel times. Heading for Utah next week for a couple of weeks backpacking in Utah. ...... Yep, all is well!

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9/1/17 3:28 P

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Trailtrodder- Hey hi!!!! So good to see you!
The "Old Geezer Hiking Club". Wish I was closer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'd join up for sure.
I trust all is well with retirement.
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Another opportunity to promote the outdoors this coming September. Our "Old Geezer Hiking Club" will venture into Utah and there will be a new hiker among us. Really looking forward to it. Hope you all are taking advantage of similar opportunities to a share the natural beauty of this planet.

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Greetings everyone, it's been awhile. Although I'm retired now, I find myself busy as ever, but in a fun way. I wanted to check in on this topic and see what kind of response there's been. I've been looking at getting more involved in promoting the outdoors and on two occasions I've spoken to a park ranger with the Cuyahoga National Park and both have said they are always in need of volunteers to help in many areas. They have over 80 volunteer opportunities within this park alone. I'm checking it out for sure. Since moving to Ohio, I have begun to really familiarize myself with the forest environment and although I miss my tallgrass prairie, I'm beginning to feel comfortable with the area. It's important that we convey a message of a "healthy environment" and how we all need to do our part in protecting the planet. Our health, our well-being depends on it. Last week I spoke to a group of girl scouts about some of the reasons that may be attributing to the decline of the honey bee population. I also gave them some ideas on what we can do to help increase the population. It was a rewarding experience and I felt that the girls understood and care. I hope so, they had a flower planting project to help the bees! That's awesome.

I know this is long. I'm sorry.
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7/3/16 9:47 A

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Hi, hikers! As part of my SparkPeople goals, I have started a project to document my life adventure. http://happytrailshiking.com/index.htm
I have started with Missouri State Parks because my husband and I love hiking there. If you are so inclined, please check it out!



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MAUIMA's Photo MAUIMA Posts: 5,102
1/7/16 3:05 P

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Promoting outdoors...yes! A goal!

Whenever I have guests I take them on a hike (If I can)...but, hmmm...need to expand this idea. I do conduct tours of local hills for friends and their guests...but, I think I need to do more. It's been a long time since I have done trail maintenance (used to take 4 H youth out regularly, but have not done maintenance for over 10 years.

Brenda, I'd be there if I could! What fun that'd be.

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1/5/16 8:50 A

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That's great Wood-it's a wonderful way to pay it back. Come join us in Columbia on June 4th for the event!



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Brenda, that's great! This year I've also got very involved with trail maintenance. Volunteers I've worked with are great! Another way of paying back!


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This year I'm on a committee for our National Trails Day celebration which will be held in Columbia PA celebrating a newly built trails center and the final opening of a river trail! I'm continuing my work as a trail steward for an aggressive trail South of my home which follows the hills along the Susquehanna river. Both are providing me with a lot of joy. I'm excited to see how the trails day goes in June.



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Promoting the Oudoors should be one of or most obvious goals!

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12/12/15 1:26 A

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Mauima.....Thanks for the link. I was sent that link in the past, but I love that you sent it to me. I viewed it again and also saved it. ..... I really hope you get that book and read it. Government shouldn't manage that which they don't understand. This book really addresses this...how they believed they could manage the Yellowstone Region. Pretty sad.


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Todder, here it is.
http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/how-
wolves-change-rivers/ www.filmsforaction.org/watch/how-wol
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Trodder, I have not yet read the book, but will put it on my list. Thanks! I saw an amazing movie about when the wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone and how they change EVERYTHING...I will try and find it and post it.


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12/6/15 10:35 P

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I'm in complete agreement. It seems that history has proved itself that when man alters ecosystems, it becomes ruin. .....Just a question....have you read "Playing God in Yellowstone" by Alston Chase? Love this book. Good read.

By the way. I applaud your front yard project. ........

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MAUIMA's Photo MAUIMA Posts: 5,102
12/4/15 8:39 A

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Trodder,
Yep...i agree, understanding leads to a more responsible behavior. Very passionate as well about the history.
Eco systems are key to survival, right?
I had to remove a giant redwood tree from teh corner of my front yard. It was damaged from trenching for neighboring construction and our own needed sewer repair. But the tree should have never been here in the first place! It was a coastal redwood, a 100 ft tall with water demands to to more water than my one property is currently allotted.
So, as I replant the entire front yard, I am going completely CA native, drought tolerant planting. Once established the yard should care for itself. ;)


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12/2/15 11:38 P

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That's really cool Mauima. I too, try to incorporate history along with the teaching of the tallgrass prairie. I take it all the way back to where the bison roamed the area, the Native American population of this area and the importance of the need to preserve what's left of the tallgrass prairie. I take students on stream hikes where I teach them about the stream ecosystem there as well. There are numerous other things I teach there as well. About the Tallgrass Prairie, we want them to ... see it, ... appreciate it ... understand it ... and know why we need to protect it. I'm really passionate about it.

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Trodder, we do. great suggestion. It's definitely on my to do list. I do regularly lead hikes in a local "Open Space', giving an alternative history lesson about the hills above Silicon Valley, the former 'Valley of Hearts Delight. I am also a history buff...so these hikes feed both interests. Most folks have no idea there was anything here before silicon valley. But it was the world's largest exporter of anything in the early 1900's , shipping dried fruit out of the port in San Francisco.


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11/21/15 10:39 P

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Do any of you have local nature centers that offer docent volunteer opportunities? My wife and I are both docents and lead numerous outdoor activities for all ages. It's a great way to educate and promote the outdoors.

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11/5/15 12:10 A

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Yep, they were new trails. I usually hike a couple of wilderness areas every year. I think there's an increased interest in climbing fourteener's and we climbed one this year. There were many climbers on the trail and several spoke of climbing several of them. I believe there's a big initiative to climb them in Colorado.

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11/2/15 10:29 P

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Trodder, I love meeting up with folks on the trail. It's like we are already friends. I wonder why the increase. Hmmm. Were these areas you hiked new areas for you?

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11/2/15 1:40 A

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I hiked a couple of wilderness areas again this year and I was amazed at the number of hikers/backpackers I came across. Far more than usual and all different ages. .... It was another great year on the Konza Prairie teaching all ages about the tallgrass prairie eco-system.

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1/20/15 11:20 A

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I agree with what others have said: invite folks out there. Often they surprise you! I've taken people camping, mountain biking, hiking that you wouldn't expect, and they always love it. The key is to cater the outing to a beginner, without making it seem like you're dumbing it down of course. Set them up for success and a fun time. One of my favorites is a dinner hike in the summer. We invite all our friends, dogs and kids too, and tell them to pack dinner, a beer, some warm layers for hanging out, and a headlamp. We hike in to a lookout after work, have some social time and food, and then hike out in the dark. Everyone always has a great time. But again, it has to be doable and fun for them.

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1/8/15 11:41 A

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Trailtrodder and Hobbes,

I too love to understand the history, mineral and ecology of of the trails I hike. Like I was talking about last weekend with the children I took hiking in the almaden Quicksilver County Park...we took photos and drawing tablets. We talked about what quicksilver is...Mercury! And Cinnabar which is also found there, the children drew many native grasses and trees.
It was also a site of what was called English Camp, in the 1800's a group from England.
Finding signs of local animals (deer, coyote and bunnies), with the weather...super rain followed by sunny warmth...and the poison oak was all starting to bud! Ack! Hills, grasses, aged Oaks, rock , flowers, so much to discover.

Anyhow...a hike provides so much nurture for the mind and soul. Lucky us who get to share with the spirited minds of children. :) (Mine we my adopted / used to be neighbor grandkids)



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1/5/15 11:47 P

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TRAILTRODDER,

What a rewarding 'Gift' to offer students. emoticon emoticon

I attempted to walk a part of Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge before work this morning.

I could relate to your students learning about the tallgrass prairie ecosystem today (as I do often when I'm in nature) I contemplate what I learned in an Ecology class years & years ago.

I discovered that the hiking trails wouldn't be open until April 1st and so I walked on a road along-side one of the larger marches.The sounds of geese and red-winged black birds permeated the air. I watched in awe as a very large flock of geese suddenly lifted from one part of a marshland to another like a giant moving carpet.I immediately identify blackberries, and oak trees, and a giant black cottonwood tree. Eventually I find my way among an abundant oak savanna. As I walked I thought more deeply about the cycle of things and how trees are broken down and decay into the earth to provide nutrients for other trees. I love this protected place ( a sanctuary) for endangered plant populations and other native prairie, riparian forest, and wetland habitats.

I will never just walk again without thinking about the relations of things in an environment thanx to someone like You!

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I had a great year has a "docent" at the Konza Prairie Biological Research Station this year. The hours I spent out there, I introduced 2,032 students to the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. I love what we do out there and can only hope that next year will be just as rewarding. It's pretty neat watching students observing and appreciating what nature offers.

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12/21/14 1:10 A

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I enjoy being outdoors~disconnect from all the noise. Thought it would be fitting to hike Baby Jesus Ridge today. Took my Jeep out after short morning shift at work.

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11/28/14 12:53 A

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Nothing wrong with your answer Jane. Your comment about setting healthy examples and especially, sharing your enthusiasm is spot on. I do the same thing and from time to time it does stir interest in some. Sharing photos is a highlight of many of my outdoor activities. It was through my nature photographs and dialog within the spark community that I met my wife.

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11/26/14 4:16 P

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This is an important question to contemplate:

I think that a lot of younger people do hike, bike, backpack.. they are just more extreme about it all.. travel overseas, climb, do paragliding.. but you are RIGHT after Generation Baby boom and Generation X are the digital natives & it is seemingly a characteristic of these following generations to be inside more than out.

I have a son and two nephews that fall deeply into this category who sit in front of computer screens for many, many, many hours of everyday either working, or playing. In comparison by the time I was 27 years old I had traveled half way across the G-5 trail of Europe, & at home when I wasn't running I was biking, swimming I was usually planning my next adventure in the great outdoors.

I'm struggling with ways in which I can help contribute to promoting the outdoors just to these boys in my life. I think that perhaps the best way is to be an example of staying in shape and keeping active. Posting beautiful photographs of the places where I have been and sharing my own enthusiasm. Perhaps one day they'll fine their own impetus for finding this kind of adventure. I hope I will make some influence over them in some way by my own actions.

Thank you for posting this question.. I'm sorry that I don't have some wonderful answer.

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11/24/14 1:59 A

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I agree. I've been hiking for many years and in many countries. It's always a therapeutic happening no matter where I hike. It does clear the senses and keeps our senses keen. My eyesight and hearing is super and I contribute most of it to experiencing the outdoor environment.

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10/30/14 5:00 A

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Maui and I were just discussing this the other day, that hiking in the outdoors helps us "reset". We talked (as we hiked the hills) about how we felt being able to just gaze around the scenery, focusing on nature close by keeps our sences keen, we had our momma and baby close up deer experience for example which had us coming up with stories of how we thought the baby deer got an open wound on its hind quarters, we observed the mothers "six sence" about us, that we were not a real threat. We were very upclose and personal talking in soothing tones watching her protective instincts send her baby off trail a bit, while standing on our path, permitting our passage by her.
But then Maui expanded the other theory of how the broad distance views, the panoramics and far off sights tap into another part of the brain, that if we expose ourselves to this regularly- our brains can focus on important tasks at hand in our busy lives, our jobs for instance, much more efficiently. Interesting to think about, the brain needs its "vacations" as well as the body needs exercise and rest.

I love my hiking days, I love the outdoors, I love the seasons and the changes really stimulate my desire to get out there and enjoy it all!
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10/11/14 11:57 P

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Trailtrodder- Very cool you are teaching about the great outdoors to all ages. Rewarding indeed ...in so many ways. Outdoors is such a healing space. Every time I walk outside...life is better. Walking, hiking ...being outside; natures has so much to teach.



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I agree! Turning others on to the outdoors is a rewarding experience. .... From late April to November, my wife and I enjoy teaching about the ecosystems of the tallgrass prairie. The Konza is our classroom and our students range from elementary grades to college age, to even the elderly.

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That's wonderful Trailtrodder. Glad you had a great time and you'll have even a better time next year as you introduce others to the world you love. I can think of nothing that I enjoy more than watching friends fall in love with the outdoors as they experience new environments for the first time.
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Got back from our backpacking trip and we all decided we were going to each invite someone to join us next year. It was great that we met quite a few hikers on the trails this year. A couple of families were on their way to the lakes to fish. Three forestry department workers out to do trail maintenance (had two llamas carrying supplies). Was a great time and many photos were taken. Tried to download a few, but message said my files were to big to save. I'll try to figure this problem out.

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I think that would be wonderful to do. We just returned from our kayaking/hiking trip out west on July 6th. One of the best feelings I had the entire time came from my son's best friend who we took with us. He had never been to the southwest. We kayaked and river camped on the San Juan River and day paddled on the Colorado and a lake. We also hiked in Arches NP and spent some time in more remote areas. Three times during that vacation, Mike came and hugged me and thanked me for inviting him. He said this was a whole new world he was ready to explore. It was a fantastic feeling to watch him in awe of his surroundings everywhere we went and how quickly he learned to appreciate being out there.
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Have you ever wanted to help others learn and appreciate the things of nature? If so, check out the volunteer opportunities for mentoring in your community.

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Had a coworker keep telling me they wanted to try hiking so I've invited this person, at least a half a dozen times, to join me for one. ....... I'll just keep inviting!

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That's great Cindy. I think the outdoors contribute so much to a healthy mind and body for sure. It's always an added bonus, for me, when I can turn someone on to a hiking, biking, or a kayaking experience and hearing them say they want to do it again. Love it when my kids are with me. We'll be hiking tomorrow.

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I'm a few days late with my response, but I'm now on vacation in Utah with my son, his best friend and other family members. Preservation and conservation is very important to me and my boys all know how I feel about that. Now that they are enjoying the outdoors more they are beginning to understand why I feel the way I do. We always practice the "leave no trace" rule. We just did a kayaking/camping trip on the San Juan River in Utah that was amazing. We all had a wonderful time, but when we would leave a campsite there was no sign we had ever been there.
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Was wondering...do you try to convey to others to preserve and conserve?

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6/19/14 1:41 A

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My wife and I are both docents at the Konza Prairie Biological Research Station and we love sharing the nature of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. We do this by exposing them to various aspects of this type of environment and hoping that the experience will lead them to sharing it with others.

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We're trying, one person at a time! BTW, he now has three more people (a 63 year old woman and two of her teenage granddaughters) who want to go with us when we get back from vacation. You're right; it's just a matter of getting people to try things.
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Great story, SWDESERTLOVER. I would love to hear more stories like this. It's a positive direction and I feel that if more teens would get out there and experience some aspect of the outdoors, we could see a dramatic change in attitudes towards nature. Tell him to continue to give testimony about his change and his love for the outdoors. He's right on.

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6/11/14 9:32 A

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My oldest son was one of these young people who was addicted to his computer. He would never go hiking or biking with me because he said he hated it outdoors. Then a few years ago I talked him into renting kayaks one day just to see what it was like. Wow, did that change his entire life. People who meet him now would describe his as outdoorsy and can't imagine he ever used to sit in front of a computer. He now kayaks, hikes, bikes, anything outdoors. He's even going back to college because he wants to become a ranger so he can work outdoors. I think sometimes just getting someone to try something you think they might really enjoy can open up a whole new world for them. By the way, he has now converted numerous friends of his to "outdoorsy" people (my basement has become a storage facility and is full of kayaks and they all call me their River Mom) and several of us are leaving on vacation next week, with our kayaks, heading across the country to go kayaking in Utah. I would have never imagined this group doing this three years ago!

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I am outside almost all the time, gardening walking, and can hike again. When our children were small we took them on hikes, was free and they loved it. So happy they still go on hikes with their friends, sure hope if there are ever any grandchildren that they will love the outdoors too, so much more fun than being inside on the computer.

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I was watching tv last night and the actor was frustrated and wanted to go on a walk - so on his computer he had a virtual walk as he sat on the couch.
This was meant to be funny but I think it is the reality off so many of our youth.



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i live on a canal. i love the water

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I remember years ago, while backpacking the wilderness trails, I would run into other hikers along the way. They were usually young adults or old geezers like me. For several years now we've rarely seen anyone hiking the trails we're on. I presume the interest among young people for the outdoors has really diminished due to the technical/digital age we live in now. Seems like the younger generation like the indoor activity, in front of a screen much more. It's so sad. Somehow we need promote nature opportunities and get them interested in the outdoors. Help them understand that it's not only a healthy benefit for them, but we need them to help us keep our planet healthy as well. How do you promote your outdoor activity?

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