October is here, which means it's time to enter the 3rd annual American Trails Costume Contest!
In order to enter the American Trails Costume Contest, take a picture of yourself outdoors (on a trail is great, but anywhere outside is good, too) in your costume, and send entries to [email protected] by November 1st!
• 1st place: American Trails gift basket with a one year membership, Trail Boss mug, Klean Kanteen water bottle, Trail Tales poetry book, ChicoBags from the International Trails Symposium (ITS), coffee, and trail mix.
• 2nd place: American Trails one year membership, an ITS Chicobag, and a Trail Boss mug
• 3rd place: Trail Boss mug and an ITS ChicoBag
• 2018: View the winners here
• 2019: View the winners here
Trails are an important resource, but sadly we are increasingly seeing trails abused by littering and vandalism. American Trails has created a packet to teach kids to be great trail stewards so the next generation of trail lovers can help lead the way towards better care for our trails.
Promoting physical activity among children and adults is a priority national health objective in the United States. Regular physical activity lowers the risk of chronic diseases and is an important strategy for reversing the obesity epidemic.
In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.