The natural world

A sense of place

Trail volunteers work on a dirt trail with trees and rocks in the background

By Southern Sierra Regional Trail Stewardship Coordinator Michelle DiMeglio

Trail work facilitates a unique connection to the land.  We’re not just caring for the trail, we also benefit from spending time in that place, in stewarding a section of this 2-foot wide, 2650 mile long footpath.

How often do you ... Read more

The Diversity of the Desert

A photo of a scrub jay perched on a dead branch

By Michelle Daneri. Michelle is our Southern California Regional Trail Stewardship Coordinator. She is an avid naturalist, who spends free time camping, surfing, and bird watching all over Southern California.

Having worked in the outdoor industry for eight years, I’ve been fortunate to befriend my fair share of thru-hikers. One ... Read more

Imagining the PCT in a changed climate

Editor’s note: The following article by Julio Araujo appeared in our Communicator magazine in 2017. We thought it was prescient, as aspects of the scenario the author predicted three years ago are happening now. On May 4, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officially shifted the baseline for “normal” ... Read more