Explore the Outdoors!
“If you know wilderness in the way that you know love, you would be unwilling to let it go…. This is the story of our past and it will be the story of our future.”
Last month, we talked about creating an ocean-friendly lawn and garden. This month, you can celebrate the start of summer by exploring our blue planet! Turn off the TV and tune in to the outdoor world! Explore the coast or other living waters near you including lakes, rivers, or wetlands. The ocean may be out of sight, but it need not be out of mind. Take the time to celebrate your connection to our ocean and its incredible diversity of life.
Take the more peaceful pace
There’s no better way to relax and to experience the wonders of nature than by immersing yourself in its sights and sounds. Wherever you live there are many ways to get outdoors and enjoy the natural world – Explore the coast or other living waters near you, including wetlands, sandy beaches, rocky shores, tidal pools, or coral reefs. If you aren’t a coastal resident, explore a local park or nature center, or visit a nearby lake, river, or wetland. Each of us is a part of the infinite web of life; while you enjoy the outdoors take a moment to think about your connections to the places you explore, and to absorb and enjoy their special qualities.
Explore your route to the sea
Each of us lives in a watershed that eventually connects with the ocean through streams and rivers. Your watershed—with its lakes, rivers, or wetlands—is a part of the same global water cycle as our ocean. Find out about your watershed and then use a map to trace the path to the sea from where you live and take a day to explore some part of it. Learn about the neighbors—both human and animal—with whom you share your watershed. You can continue to explore and enjoy your watershed and preserve it for future generations by getting involved in the fun opportunities to protect it through the Adopt Your Watershed program and similar programs offered through your local environmental group, zoo, or aquarium.
Be a responsible vacationer.
You can make the world a better place when you travel by educating yourself about your destination and its natural areas and leaving the places you visit in better condition than they were when you arrived. Contribute to the community you visit by letting wildlife enjoy their home in peace, picking up litter that you come across, taking advantage of opportunities to walk or bike instead of driving, and making a donation to a local wildlife conservation program. And remember to turn off the lights, the AC, and water heater before you leave for vacation! Check out these other ocean-friendly travel tips.