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Celebrate National Trails Day on June 1

Join American Hiking Society and thousands of others on Saturday, June 1, for National Trails Day. Come together to explore, learn about, and celebrate America’s trails.

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1% for the Planet Announces Mad Marathon

1% for the Planet and the Mad Marathon are joining forces to host the first marathon dedicated to sustainability on July 7, 2013, in Vermont's Mad River Valley.

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Giving Thanks for Family, Friends, the Outdoors

Family, friends, mountains, rivers. What are you thankful for today and every day?

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Celebrate spacious skies and purple mountains

Happy 4th of July. Celebrate the majesty of spacious skies, purple mountains, and the trove of natural treasures found from sea to shining sea and beyond.

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Celebrate National Trails Day on June 2

On Saturday, June 2, thousands of TRAILgating parties will spring up across the country when American Hiking Society holds its 20th annual National Trails Day, a celebration of America’s trail system and its dedicated outdoor enthusiasts.

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Share Your Outdoor Events in New Community Forum

Trail races, hiking club gatherings, trail and climbing fests, backcountry film fests. Now you can share information about your outdoor events in a new Events forum on Trailspace.

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National Park Service Announces 2012 Fee-Free Days

To encourage Americans to explore America’s natural beauty, the National Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 days in 2012, starting Martin Luther King Weekend, January 14-16.

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State Parks offer First Day Hikes, Jan. 1

Start 2012 off on the right foot, or the left foot. Take a hike in one of America's state parks on New Year's Day, January 1.

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Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival

What's your vision of backcountry bliss? If it involves snowshoeing, nordic skiing, telemark skiing, or any other human-powered winter adventure, there's a film festival just for you.

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National Trails Day is Saturday, June 4

This Saturday, June 4, is National Trails Day and outdoor events are happening all weekend around the country.

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It's "Don't Fry Day": Shirt, sunscreen, hat required

Today, the Friday before Memorial Day, is designated "Don’t Fry Day" by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.

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Find the $15,000 Gear Stash in North America

There are so many gear contests out there, we tend to skip over most. But FindTheGO is worth mentioning, because somewhere in North America is hidden...

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Get Dirty on National Trails Day, says Mike Rowe

American Hiking Society celebrates National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4, and Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" is encouraging all Americans to hit the trail and get dirty.

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Celebrate National Park Week April 16-24

National Park Week starts this Saturday, April 16, and runs through Sunday, April 24. Many national parks offer special events and activities like guided...

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"John Muir in the New World" on PBS April 18

John Muir is getting the American Masters treatment on PBS. John Muir in the New World will air on Monday, April 18, at 9 p.m.

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2011 Free Entrance Days in National Parks

The National Park Service is offering several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2011.

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It's International Women's Day: Celebrate Women Outdoors

It's the 100th International Women's Day. Celebrate the amazing outdoor women and girls you know or the one you already are (44 percent of outdoor participants...

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National Wildlife Week March 14-20

Celebrate National Wildlife Week March 14-20, 2011, with the National Wildlife Federation by doing what comes naturally. Whatever you do — at home, school, or play — do it outdoors and have fun.

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Stop Reading this Blog: National Day of Unplugging starts at sundown Friday

Turn off this computer. Hide the smartphone and iPad. Back away from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, email, the TV, and even (gasp) this website. From sundown on Friday, March 4, through sundown on Saturday, March 5, celebrate the National Day of Unplugging.

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White House chat on America's Great Outdoors, March 3

Have questions about President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative? How about the 173-page report on recreation, conservation, and connecting...

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It's Read Across America Day: Make it an outdoorsy read

Wednesday, March 2, is Read Across America Day. To celebrate: Pick up a good outdoors book to read from your local library, bookstore, outdoor retailer,...

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Explorers and history buffs prepare for South Pole centennial trips

The South Pole can expect an increase in traffic for the upcoming 100-year anniversaries of the historic Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott expeditions.

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National parks offer free admission 17 days in 2011

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced that the National Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 selected dates throughout 2011.

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Park Service to hold open houses on Denali mountaineering fee

Mountaineers currently pay a $200 fee to climb in Denali National Park, but the National Park Service says the fee does not come close to recouping the cost of the park's mountaineering program.

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2011 Ouray Ice Fest January 6-9

The 16th annual Ouray Ice Festival is set for January 6-9 in Colorado. In honor of the event — and for some vertical inspiration — check out the videos...

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Learn to Snowshoe or X-C Ski on Winter Trail Days, January 8

The 16th annual Winter Trails Day will be held Saturday, January 8, at sites across the U.S. Winter Trails Day offers children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross-country skiing for free.

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Celebrate 2010, Welcome 2011

Whether you got in a final hike, ski, climb, backpacking trip, or trail run, we hope your last days of 2010 were filled with outdoor enjoyment. Here's wishing all of you happy, peaceful trails in the new year.

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December 21: Winter Solstice and Total Lunar Eclipse

Welcome winter's arrival on Tuesday, December 21, with your favorite backcountry winter activity, food, and drink. Also, in the early hours of the 21st, there will be a total lunar eclipse.

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Mysterious Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

The most intense (one might say "the best") meteor shower of the year peaks tonight. The Geminid meteor shower can be seen from almost any point on Earth...

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National Park Service Photo Contest

The National Park Service is looking for photos that capture the scenic, natural, and historical wonders in America’s Federal Recreation Lands. The grand prize photo will appear on a 2012 America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

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Leonid Meteors Peak November 17 and 18

Get up very early Wednesday or Thursday if you want to wish on a shooting star. This year's Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak in the two to three...

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NPS National Landmarks Photo Contest Winners

A vibrant desert sunset, light cascading across dune vegetation, and the stillness of a northern quaking bog are just a few of the visual splendors captured by photographers in the National Park Service’s 2010 National Natural Landmarks Photo Contest.

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Saturday: Free admission to parks, Public Lands Day

Need an extra nudge to get outdoors this weekend? Saturday, September 25, is one of the last fee-free days on public lands in 2010.

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National Run at Work Day September 17

Friday, September 17, is National Run at Work Day. That doesn't mean running away from your demanding boss (unless you're having some sort of crazy office...

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Day of Service and Remembrance

Today, September 11, is a national day of service and remembrance here in the United States. Service and remembrance can mean different things to different...

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While you're out there: Help clean it up, please

Now that you've got the presidential go-ahead to get out and enjoy the wilderness this month, how about doing some good deeds while you're at it? September...

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Join Sierra Club for National Day of Outdoor Service September 11

Join the Sierra Club in a National Day of Outdoor Service on Saturday, September 11, 2010. The Sierra Club welcomes all to join in and restore community watersheds, clean up national parks, weatherize buildings, and everything in between.

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National Public Lands Day September 25

National Public Lands Day will take place on Saturday, September 25, 2010, at more than 1,500 locations across the United States. It is the largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America's public lands.

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September is National Wilderness Month: Get out there says the prez

If the president ever invites you somewhere, you should seriously consider accepting his (or her, as the case may be) offer.

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September is National Wilderness Month, by Presidential Proclamation

The White House's Office of the Press Secretary released the following Presidential Proclamation from Barack Obama on August 31, 2010, marking September as National Wilderness Month.

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LNT Silent Auction ends July 6 at noon

If you've been thinking about bidding on some gear in the Leave No Trace Online Silent Auction get moving.

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Leave No Trace Online Silent Auction Underway

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is holding its first annual Online Silent Auction  now through Monday, July 5.

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$40K of gear up for grabs in outdoor treasure hunt

If you live near Roanoke, Virginia, enjoy a good scavenger hunt in the woods, and wouldn't mind winning your share of $40,000 worth of outdoor gear, here's...

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Happy Summer Solstice (with bonus holiday!)

Happy summer solstice (if you're down in the southern hemisphere, happy winter). Summer arrived at 7:28 a.m.

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Outdoor Youth Summit and Festival in NYC June 19-20

A lot of talk and ideas about getting those gosh darn, video-playing, text-addicted kids outside and connected to nature comes from well-meaning (but...

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Camping in the backyard, gateway to the backcountry

Trailspace is a backcountry site first and foremost. Many of our members tend to be quite serious outdoorspeople (well, let's call them “accomplished”...

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Great American Backyard Campout June 26

On Saturday, June 26, thousands of people across the nation will gather in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks to take part in the Great American Backyard Campout, a one-night event that will provide an experience for all generations to connect with nature.

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June 12 is National Get Outdoors Day

Most of us are fortunate to recognize and regularly experience the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits from the time we spend outside As outdoor...

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Memorial Day Weekend first, National Trails Day next

It's Memorial Day Weekend, a long weekend often regarded as the unofficial start to summer, camping, and an increase in outdoor recreation.

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National Trails Day coloring contest

Kids, get out your biggest box of crayons for the American Hiking Society's National Trails Day Coloring Contest.

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