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Gear Up for the Outdoors

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If you're new to spending time in nature or are wondering how you can make your time in the outdoors comfortable and carefree, we offer some tips below on topics including: what to wear, what to eat and drink, and what to do when you're out there.

Gearing Up

Common sense is the best guide. Dress for the weather - heat, rain, wind, etc. And dress for the terrain - sidewalks, mud, rocky trails, etc. Longer outings definitely require snacks and plenty of water. Here are some helpful checklists.

Check out this day-hiking checklist from REI

In the Great Outdoors

Bigger expeditions like hiking, camping, boating, fishing, mountain climbing, and backpacking take more planning and, of course, more gear. Here are a few check lists and tips for starters.

A simple camping checklist from Some tips for hiking with kids from

In the City

You don't have to travel to get to nature. If you live in a city, there is 'nearby nature.' Explore local parks, ponds, creeks, tree-lined streets, and natural areas. Find out what nature events are taking place in your community. Here's an example:

Exploring Portland, Oregon's Natural Areas And here are some Nature Walking Tips from The Wilderness Society

In Your Own Backyard

Your own backyard IS the natural world; a place where you can create wildlife havens with gardens, bird feeders, and birdbaths; a place for investigation, discovery, and play.

15 Nature Activities for Kids from Camping in your backyard from
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