Maine Department of Education: Maine Organizations Launch New ‘Teach ME Outside’ Website for Educators

Maine Department of Education: Maine Organizations Launch New ‘Teach ME Outside’ Website for Educators. “A collaborative effort between three Maine organizations called ‘Teach ME Outside’ has recently launched a new website to provide support for Maine educators and community members interested in environmental and outdoor learning for all Maine youth. The site contains educational resources, upcoming training opportunities, and data from across the state. Also featured on the website is the brand new Maine Environmental Education and Outdoor Learning Resource Directory, a dynamic and searchable map and tool that parents, educators, and community members can use to discover and connect with environmental and outdoor learning partners in their area.”

New York Times: Pandemic Wilderness Explorers Are Straining Search and Rescue

New York Times: Pandemic Wilderness Explorers Are Straining Search and Rescue. “Kenna Tanner and her team can list the cases from memory: There was the woman who got tired and did not feel like finishing her hike; the campers, in shorts during a blizzard; the base jumper, misjudging his leap from a treacherous granite cliff face; the ill-equipped snowmobiler, buried up to his neck in an avalanche. All of them were pulled by Ms. Tanner and the Tip Top Search and Rescue crew from the rugged Wind River mountain range in the last year, in this sprawling, remote pocket of western Wyoming. And all of them, their rescuers said, were wildly unprepared for the brutal backcountry in which they were traveling.”

National Park Service: Find your next adventure with the new National Park Service app

National Park Service: Find your next adventure with the new National Park Service app. “Created by park rangers with visitors in mind, the NPS App gives the public up-to-date information about all 423 national parks in one easy-to-use app. Visitors can download the NPS App in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store to plan a trip, find interactive maps, download maps and tours ahead of time and find things to do and places to visit during National Park Week and beyond.”

HYPEBEAST: Jack Wolfskin Opens Archive to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

HYPEBEAST: Jack Wolfskin Opens Archive to Celebrate 40th Anniversary. “Marking 40 years since founder Ulrich Dausien established the Jack Wolfskin brand, the outdoors-focused label is giving a look inside its extensive archive. The online exhibition will tell stories from the German brand’s four decades, particularly shining a light on the innovations and products that have defined it since it first emerged in 1981. The archive prominently displays the brand’s signature paw print logo, which launched back in 1983.”

Teen Vogue: Meet the Navajo Nation Skateboarder Going Viral on TikTok

Teen Vogue: Meet the Navajo Nation Skateboarder Going Viral on TikTok. “Naiomi Glasses, a Diné skateboarder in Navajo nation, happened upon a red sandstone slope to skate on — in her now-viral TikTok — by accident. ‘I live in the middle of nowhere and when I found that first sandstone, I was out looking for sheep. My grandma owns sheep and sometimes they get lost, and I thought the sandstone looked skate-able.’ With the nearest skatepark hours away, Naiomi resorted to turning the desert landscape into her own skatepark.”

British Mountaineering Council: The Pinnacle Club marks centenary by launching website with fascinating digital history

British Mountaineering Council: The Pinnacle Club marks centenary by launching website with fascinating digital history. “Today marks one hundred years since the founding of the Pinnacle Club – the UK’s national women’s rock-climbing club. Centenary celebrations include the launch of a new website bringing the Club’s fascinating history to life.”

The Verge: Spice Up Your Daily Pandemic Walk With These Apps

The Verge: Spice Up Your Daily Pandemic Walk With These Apps. “Taking a daily or, if I’m being honest, semi-daily walk is a lockdown habit that has seen me through These Unprecedented Times. I’m not alone, either — without gyms or really anywhere else to go at all, lots of us have embraced (or at times, endured) a daily walk around the neighborhood….Here are some techniques to keep your pandemic walk routine fresh and the apps that can help you put them into practice.”

Covid: California to open outdoor attractions in April (BBC)

BBC: Covid: California to open outdoor attractions in April. “Disneyland and other theme parks and stadiums in the US state of California can accept visitors next month under plans to relax some Covid restrictions. Outdoor sports and entertainment facilities will be permitted to reopen with limited attendance from 1 April, health officials said on Friday.”

Smithsonian Magazine: Twenty-Four Ways to Turn Outdoor Passions Into Citizen Science

Smithsonian Magazine: Twenty-Four Ways to Turn Outdoor Passions Into Citizen Science. “The idea of crowdsourcing data from citizen scientists is far from new. But as more digital tools like drones and smartphones have entered the hands of ordinary people, projects looking to involve the outdoor-recreating public to collect data are getting more ambitious and diverse. Whether it’s collecting water samples, measuring snowpack or tracking wildlife, plenty of choices are available for people of every background and taste for adventure. As we consider our New Year’s resolutions, here is a roundup of suggestions for how to venture outdoors with a purpose.”

BusinessWire: State of Vermont, NIC Vermont Launch New Outdoor Recreation Mobile App (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: State of Vermont, NIC Vermont Launch New Outdoor Recreation Mobile App (PRESS RELEASE). “Built in partnership with the state’s digital government services partner, NIC Vermont, the mobile app provides a wide offering of features, including interactive maps, and enables users to easily access policy information and guidelines for activities, such as hunting, trapping, fishing, boating and hiking in Vermont.”

San Jose State University: Research Shows Lockdowns Did Not Decrease Park Visits

San Jose State University: Research Shows Lockdowns Did Not Decrease Park Visits. “Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning Ahoura Zandiatashbar scoured publicly available data and found that although we have limited our visits to stores, Americans are still visiting parks and beaches at near pre-pandemic rates. In the journal Landscape and Urban Planning, Zandiatashbar—a newly hired faculty member in SJSU’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the College of Social Sciences—published a study he co-authored with Shima Hamidi, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.”