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Category: Conservation

Cigarette butts take HOW LONG to biodegrade!?

Elise and I took part in a waterway cleanup project to help clean up Crystal Lake in Flowood, MS this past summer.  The event sponsors (United by Blue) had a speaker to talk briefly about water conservation issues and one of the factoids that the speaker threw out […]

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Treasures in the poorest places

Just because many people in a particular location are struggling financially does not mean that place does not have anything to offer a vacationer or adventurer!  Some of the most amazing education and exploration and adventure venues in the United States are in or near some of the […]

Conservation wins at Gulf Shores

The Roaming Parkers have always loved Gulf Shores Alabama – affectionately known as The Emerald Coast and even, “The Redneck Riviera.”  Gulf Shores has pretty much everything you need for a fantastic beach getaway, whether you want to soak in the sun, splash in the waves, paddleboard, parasail, […]

Bravo California!

Many people’s knee-jerk reaction to the recent ban of plastic drinking straws was to heap ridicule upon California’s state officials for overreach and for being trivial. At first glance, a plastic straw may seem insignificant, but it is actually an important issue. A REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE! Single-use plastic […]

Leave no Trace – Leave what you find

Scouts have, since their beginning more than 100 years ago, been involved in conservation and stewardship and naturalism – but there are lots of things that Scouts (and indeed all outdoorsmen and naturalists) have done in the past that might not be exactly kosher in today’s environment. There’s […]

Our journey to the brainforest

Our bucket lists are not just full of adrenaline jockey types of activities like parachuting or mountain climbing.  There are tons of other activities in there too – some more sedate, some more cerebral activities.  Our bucket lists are really more about experience and becoming – not just […]