Planning Your Summer Vacation?
How about these eco-options?
- Get involved with projects to protect endangered species, reforest eroded hillsides, or convert abandoned railroad tracks into hiking and biking trails.
- Participate in programs to restore historic buildings, map archeological sites, or manage wildlife habitat.
- Plan hiking, biking, and backpacking adventures for the entire family.
- Take outings to monitor streams and rivers, visit organic farms, or count migrating birds.
Several Earth Share member agencies offer a wide variety of individual and family vacations and service trips. You can locate these organizations via the Earth Share Web site at www.earthshare.org
If you go camping...
- Put Nature first. Take only pictures. Leave only footprints. See our advice on respecting the great oudoors here.
- Choose the right equipment. Heavy, lug-soled boots can destroy fragile terrain. Consider wearing a pair of light boots or well-cushioned running shoes whenever it is safe and conditions permit.
- Use established trails. Cutting switchbacks tramples vegetation and leads to soil erosion.
- Minimize the impact of your campsite. Select a level campsite with adequate water runoff. Locate your site at least 100 feet away from natural water sources. Select a site that has already been used, and leave it in as natural a state as possible.
- Don't litter. Pick up litter as you encounter it. Carry out or burn all of your own garbage.
- Wash at least 100 feet away from water. Do as much of your cleaning as possible with soapless hot water.
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