Gift loved ones with classes that teach and build nature skills

December 20, 2019 by  
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Rather than gifting a material object this holiday season, opt to give an “experience” gift. Not only will it help minimize waste and clutter, but an experience gift can also be wonderfully green and intrinsically fulfilling. How so? Experience gifts, for instance, lead to quality bonding time, new skills and shared memories, all of which are priceless. Here are our top suggestions for nature courses and classes for the whole family, and be sure to check locally for nature courses near you. Wilderness survival There are various experience gifts out there, and Inhabitat celebrates those that teach about nature and cultivate an appreciation for the outdoors. Sometimes being in nature calls for wilderness survival skills for better preparedness, adaptability, endurance, resourcefulness and resilience in improvising during unexpected situations. Survival might require knowing how to tie knots and cordage, as well as knowing how to fashion and utilize stone tools. Wilderness survival classes will teach all of that and more. Related: 5 common weeds you can make into healthy (and free) teas Ice climbing and mountaineering The outdoors are best enjoyed year-round; even the winter can be an excellent time to commune with nature. What better way to do so than by partaking in ice climbing or mountaineering? Find a course near you to learn the skills needed to succeed in these athletic activities. Fly-fishing Fly-fishing appeals to many outdoor enthusiasts. This skill isn’t the same as catching fish with a simple fishing pole or net. To learn the angler intricacies of this pastime, check out Blue Quill Angler , Cabela’s Fly Fishing University , Fly Fishing Coach International , Lillard Fly Fishing and Orvis’ Fly Fishing Learning Center . Falconry lessons Falconry has been known as the “sport of emperors,” for it has long been a passion of many monarchs and historical figures. Modern falconry mainly cultivates a bond between falconer and falcon, birder and raptor. In other words, modern falconry is about avian stewardship , especially because one has to be licensed with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife or a similar local organization, such as a state wildlife department or agency, depending on your location. But the experience is a rewarding one because of the meticulous care that must be given to falcons and raptors. To learn more, contact the North American Falconers Association (NAFA) , which has been protecting and serving North American falconry since 1961. Celestial navigation Seafarers have been known to orient themselves in the open ocean by the night sky. The night sky and its stars are all part of the natural world; hence, learning to identify the constellations and other astronomical wonders will instill a deeper appreciation for nature. You can learn how to orient yourself by stargazing, thanks to resources offered by the American Sailing Association , The Great Courses and U.S. Sailing , just to name a few. Foraging Foraging is all about searching for food and particular plants. One can forage for savory spices, edible mushrooms, herbs and even medicinal plants. Foraging courses abound including at establishments like Backyard Forager , Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine , forageSF , Grow Forage Cook Ferment , Herbal Academy and Wild Plant Guide . A directory of foraging organizations is also available here . Related: Incredible edible landscape map shows you where to find free food Identifying trees and shrubs Woody plants , like trees and shrubs, come in all shapes and sizes. You can expand your knowledge of them by taking courses on identifying their characteristics and learning about the landscapes in which they can be found. Identifying animals and their tracks Besides identifying plants for foraging purposes, there are also courses that assist with identifying mammals, birds and other animals , not just by their appearance but also by their calls and spoor. Some of the best places to learn more about obtaining these skills include Adventure Out (which also offers programs for corporate retreats and team-building events), Earth Skills , Earthwork Programs , Natural Awareness Tracking School , Nature Tracking , Naturalist Ventures , Tracker School and Tracker Certification from CyberTracker North America . Homesteading Homesteading is essentially a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, with reliance on subsistence agriculture and permaculture, preservation of food via canning and drying, a return to simple textiles and an affinity for the traditions of earlier eras. Modern homesteaders also tend to rely on renewable energy, be it solar or wind power. Courses on homesteading include aquaponics, beekeeping, bread and cheese making, organic gardening, permaculture, homemaking and farm management. Images via Shutterstock

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Teaching Kids to Love the Great Outdoors (in a World of Video Games)

December 28, 2017 by  
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It’s sad to think that most of today’s children grow … The post Teaching Kids to Love the Great Outdoors (in a World of Video Games) appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Decked Out: Selecting An Eco-Friendly Decking Material

November 20, 2015 by  
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There’s nothing better than relaxing with friends and family outside enjoying the ‘great outdoors’ on a deck or patio. Now when it comes to deck materials, they are not created equal. Traditionally, decks are constructed of either natural wood or…

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Nube` Hammock Shelter Provides a “Cloud of Protection” For Adventurous Campers

August 15, 2013 by  
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The Nube` camping hammock – the flagship project of outdoor equipment manufacturer Sierra Madre Research – could be one of the most versatile tents out there. Able to suspend the user above the ground, the hammock not only sheds water, but is wind resistant and shields against insects. Through their recently launched Kickstarter campaign , the company is seeking to develop the patent-pending design and begin commercial production of the Nube`. Read the rest of Nube` Hammock Shelter Provides a “Cloud of Protection” For Adventurous Campers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: camping equipment , camping gear , Camping hammocks , camping tents , fiber materials , great outdoors , green camping equipment , green technology , high-tech materials , Nube` Hammock , outdoor gear’ , rain retention system , Sierra Madre Research        

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Eddie Bauer’s Power Katabatic Solar Tent Will Keep Your Gadgets Charged in the Wilderness

July 30, 2013 by  
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If there’s one place technophiles fear, it’s the great outdoors . But with this new solar charging tent by Eddie Bauer , gadget geeks will be able to charge their devices even in the depths of a forest. Called the  Power Katabatic , this 92-inch tall tent was designed for “roughing it” though all four seasons within an ample 36-square-feet space. However, beyond its generous quarters, the real star of the Power Katabatic  is the small triangular solar panel, called Goal Zero solar charger, which sits atop the tent, drawing in energy for powering devices. Read the rest of Eddie Bauer’s Power Katabatic Solar Tent Will Keep Your Gadgets Charged in the Wilderness Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Eddie Bauer , goal zero , green gadgets , green technology , photovoltaic cells , Power Katabatic , renewable energy , Solar Power        

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Colorado State Study Shows Beavers Build Natural Carbon Storage Shelters

July 30, 2013 by  
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Beaver photo from Shutterstock A team of researchers from Colorado State University has discovered that when it comes to carbon capture and storage , we can learn a lot from nature’s best architect – the beaver. According to their research paper, beaver dams built in the US wetlands are able to store a “surprising amount” of carbon. Read the rest of Colorado State Study Shows Beavers Build Natural Carbon Storage Shelters Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beaver dam , beavers , carbon capture , carbon capture and storage , carbon storage , Colorado State University , natural architecture        

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The TreeHugger Swimsuit Issue: Sexy Poolside Fashion For Summer 2011 (Slideshow)

May 3, 2011 by  
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Natalie Sugar Bikini by Olga Olsson. Photo: Olga Olsson Whether you’re bod is ready for poolside exposure or not, summer will soon be upon us. Our third-annual TreeHugger Swimsuit issue is packed full of sexy and sustainable swimwear to ensure you’ll be well suited up to enjoy the great outdoors

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Redwood Creek Winery Offers $130,000 in Grants to Outdoor Non-Profits

December 14, 2009 by  
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Image credit: Redwood Creek Wines Last year, Redwood Creek Winery offered a $50,000 grant to one exceptional non-profit working in the “great outdoors.” The contest was such a success, that they have decided to do it again. This time, however, there are even more chances to win…

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