September 28, 2017


What a great time to be alive! There is so much going on, so much to learn, and so much to create. One of the reasons I’m thrilled to be alive at this moment in history (besides the fact that it’s something I can’t change so I might as well accept it) is that we are witnessing and participating in the democratization of information. Whether it’s Black Lives Matter or #TakeAKnee, there are more people engaged in more causes because it’s easier to see and communicate with others like you regardless of where you or they are located. It’s exciting and full of potential. I love potential.

And nothing says potential better than childhood. Children are 100% potential. Which is why I pumped my fist and yelled “yes!” at reading about this study. The study found that 87 percent of those surveyed who played outside when they were young still held a love of nature into adulthood. In addition, 84 percent of those young adults said taking care of the natural environment is a priority to them.

The take away? Take kids outside! Yours, your friends’, your neighbors… anyone and everyone. “Outside” can be a neighborhood park, fishing, biking, to the beach, camping, backpacking, a community garden. Wherever, however you can.

Get outside yourself and get involved:

+ Public lands! Saturday, September 30 is National Public Lands Day. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is hosting a bunch of events at which you can roll up your sleeves. Here and here.

+ Bay Day! Saturday, October 7 is Bay Day and there are events throughout the beautiful Bay Area where you can celebrate (and volunteer and watch films and ride unicycles… really!)

+ Outside Kids! And on Saturday, October 14 I’m leading an outing for families (really, anyone) to go biking and birding at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline with Outside Kids.



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