September is National Wilderness Month, and friend – that is worth celebrating! If you’re like us, you enjoy the outdoors year-round. So, let’s talk about ways that we can be intentional in showing appreciation for the wilderness. Before we share ways of celebrating National Wilderness Month, we will dive into what the hype is all about.
What is the history of National Wilderness Month?
The Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. The law expanded American conservation by creating the National Wilderness Preservation System for national forests, wildlife refuges, parks, and conservation lands and waters.
What is considered the national wilderness?
Wikipedia defines the national wilderness or wildlands as “natural environments on Earth that have not been significantly modified by human activity or any nonurbanized land not under extensive agricultural cultivation. The term has traditionally referred to terrestrial environments, though growing attention is being placed on marine wilderness.”
Ways to Celebrate National Wilderness Month
Visit a National Park
You can visit the National Park Service website to search for park locations throughout the US. Getting outside and enjoying the beauty of nature is a great way to celebrate National Wilderness Month. Make sure you travel sustainably!
When you are visiting a national park, take some time to journal. Write about what the wilderness means to you. If you don’t live near a national park, that’s okay! You can find a secluded nature spot to journal.
Photograph the Outdoors
Go on a scenic drive and photograph nature and wildlife. It is amazing the beauty you can find when you slow down and enjoy the drive. Make frequent stops that you might have driven past otherwise. You don’t need to have a fancy camera to get great photos. Find a free photo-editing app like Snapseed to apply contrasting, saturation, and more.
Go Leaf Peeping
Typically, mid-to-late September is the best time of the year for leaf peeping and fall foliage photos. If you have never experienced this before, this is the year to do so! The fall trees only have their vibrant red, orange, and yellow leaves for a short time. Make sure to plan ahead and follow the weather trends.
Pick up Trash
How often do we pass by trash on the ground without picking it up? You don’t have to walk far to fill a bag of trash from the ground. Our individual efforts of trash cleanup extends further than you know. Read our article on best ways to reuse, recycle, and repurpose. This September, make an effort to fill at least one bag of trash you find on the ground for National Wilderness Month.
Plant a Tree
Friend, there are so many great benefits of planting a tree. Trees produce oxygen, keeping our air clean for us to breathe. By producing oxygen, they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, reducing greenhouse gasses. They not only clean our air, they also reduce surface temperatures and eliminate surrounding noise. Have you ever wondered why the mountains are so quiet? Trees are part of the reason.
Book Your Stay at Blue Moon Rising
You can enjoy many of the experiences mentioned above when you book a cabin stay with Blue Moon Rising. Our mission is to provide you with a one-of-a-kind vacation that was built with as little impact on our natural landscape as possible. All of our vacation rentals are constructed with sustainable practices and techniques, allowing you to enjoy nature at its best.