Educating the Public About Making Recreational Decisions

The most important right we have is the right to be responsible.” Gerald Amos

It is generally accepted that recreational use in natural environments result in some degree of negative social and environmental impact. Today the increasing popularity of outdoor activities indicates that people are looking for new ways to interact with the environment. 

When looking at recreational impacts the understanding of visitor perceptions of resource impacts requires the consideration and evaluation of a variety of influencing variables. What visitors perceive and their judgments about resource impacts are influenced by many factors including setting, the type of resource impact, visitor characteristics, visitor expectations, and level of knowledge. Factors such as local ecological knowledge and knowledge of minimal-impact practices positively influence visitor perceptions of resource impacts. 

Recreation activities can cause impact to all resource elements in a wilderness ecosystem. Soil, vegetation, wildlife, and water are the four primary components that are affected. When we take the time to look at the effects of recreating in nature and the opportunities to expand our knowledge base to implement more education-based programs flourish.  When you research the factors that influence visitors' perceptions of environmental and social conditions it is then necessary to inform the public about environmental management of protected natural areas. 

Environmental education is a relatively young field of study, but it is utilizing practices that are much older. With educating the public about making hiking decisions the larger long term topic and goals are related to recreation ecology and how to maintain a balance and the shorter term goals are beginning the education process. 

With the ever-increasing demand for outdoor activities being on the rise- the environmental education is going to have to grow or catch up to the progress of growth. We want you to join us, in the journey about learning about the activities and places we love, while educating others in the process and getting everyone excited about nature and the great outdoors!

 

Disregard

Humans have always had a close relationship with the outdoors. But it has not always been a good relationship. Some people have a blatant disregard for nature, because they do not understand how precious our natural environment is or that it even exists especially in cities. This disregard for nature has produced a world-wide crisis of global warming and the environment is falling apart. People are now attempting to do as much possible for the environment, unfortunately no one can agree through the masses on one thing to focus on at a time so it is a slow progress.

We are always working to figure out each individual situation. And what may seem ok in the now and gives the best answer now is not typically ok or the best in the future. The future and the present should be treated equally when weighing decisions.

Humans need to be stewards to the land. From coyotes to solitude there are many ways nature is not fully thought through, but at the same time people are working to preserve more than we ever imagine. Every little piece counting towards the whole matters and makes a difference. There is not one square inch on this planet that is not disrupted by some sort of human produced or man made noise everyday. 

Our natural environment is the world around us. It is where we live and what we do everyday. The choices we make affect what happens. Did we just step on the last species of an ant and kill it off or is driving everywhere necessary? People make conscious and unconscious decisions every day and every one of their decisions affects the environment. It is the conscious decisions that are most appreciated by the world as a whole. Those are the decisions that affect the people, plants and animals.

If the world listens we challenge everyone to be more conscious and work positively towards a better future and we hope through advocacy that people will continue to look at their work and that is what will make the difference. Everyone has something to say and some say it better than others but they all make valid points in their own right. In some aspects of life nature is disregarded but in others people are striving to make it better than before. It’s all a personal choice. Help join a movement for the planet or sit back and watch everything deteriorate. 

Connecting to Goals

As outdoor enthusiasts we frequently convene here, in a virtual world, which seems utterly opposite to our passion of the outdoors, but the internet allows us to share and bring together our passion and love for the outdoors. We have "met" and connected with so many amazing people through social media. When having the opportunity to travel and finally getting a chance to actually meet some of these people in person, it has been a wonderful experience. In many ways the Internet does bring people closer together because it allows us to make friends in a virtual way or stay in touch with old connections that may not live anywhere near where we live.

Some people say the internet keeps you from people, but we think it can bring your closer, because you can talk to each other more often and sometimes at a deeper level. This vehicle for sharing also allows outdoor enthusiasts to share with friends, family and the world the beauty of what is out there to explore. Everyday we are motivated by the photos we see and stories we read online.

To us it is important to spend a little bit of time every day outside. Many days, this exists as simply as walking the dog or going for a run, because in a perfect world our days off are consumed by adventure and exploration, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, etc.

When we take the time to reconnect again in nature, our often times go- go – go personalities take a back seat, and we can reflect on what I am doing and why. And it is every time that we step back and reflect and come forward with clarity, new ideas and goals. Our goal is to figure out the best way to communicate environmental issues with the general public, breaking down the information to make it easily understandable and accessible. 

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New Year!

Happy New Year. We have been a little quite over here at The Mountain Outpost. We moved from Colorado to Utah, spent a few months reconnecting and then dove straight into winter! But we are happy to announce that the podcast is starting up again this month in January 2017.

We have been working on some special projects, to come about this year and we so excited to share them with you. There has been a lot going on in the media and news around conservation, climate change and protecting our wild lands. We hope you join us this year as we begin to explore these different topics, what they mean and why they matter to us. We also plan to bring new profile pieces of those who we have talked to in the past and of course feature lots of new stories, profiles and people in the future.

New years are full of resolutions, promises and hope. We hope you are charging into the future full steam ahead, we know we sure are. And if you are looking for a little creative help- we recommend you check out a new book by Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad.com -  Make it-Till You- Make it: 40 Myths & Truths About Creating, having received this over the holidays and reading it in one sitting it was the perfect zing to get moving again. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Once again, Happy New Year and we can’t wait to share more with you this year!

 

 

What is The Mountain Outpost?

The Mountain Outpost is a gathering place where outdoor recreation meets activism, for the lovers and protectors of the mountains. After reflecting on everything I have learned throughout my masters program I created a website that is a gathering space for like minded individuals to come and access blog content and podcasts (Coming Soon) related to the environmental sustainability within the outdoor recreation industry. The purpose is to take my knowledge and research and continue to grow and expand upon it. 

The goal is to create, strengthen and nurture connections to the natural world through community being rooted in authenticity. It requires trusting an idea rather than reacting out of fear. It keeps us focused on work we are passionate about. The Mountain Outpost wants to strengthen connections to the natural world and working with a community is the best way to achieve these goals. We view our work as evergreen, connecting to today's most influential environmental change makers, everyday activists and outdoor enthusiasts, supporting one another. It is a place for both outdoor enthusiasts and educators to gather for information regarding the environmental or potential environmental impacts on the areas where we love to recreate. 

When you love something or someone you want to understand the impact or footprint you will leave behind in its lifetime. We have this desire because when we are gone that is all there is left for others to remember us there by. The same is true for our natural landscape, to best understand your affect you need to learn about your impacts because every decision made leaves an impact. While leaving little to no impacts is the best impact for nature, sometimes that is not possible and that is where education comes into play.

Our mission is to support and inspire a quest for the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to help all learners understand, appreciate and care for their environment. As an integral part of achieving our mission, we encourage direct experience outdoors.