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  • Did You Know That September is Wilderness Month?

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    Here are a few suggestions to help get you moving out your front door and into the beautiful autumn air this September:
    • Go for a walk outdoors – Anything from taking a brief walk during your lunch break to going for a full blown hike in the woods will bring you closer to nature.
    • Photograph the wilderness – You can either take your camera with you on your nature walk or capture images closer to home. All your photos will brighten your indoor spaces and device backgrounds.
    • Journal while outside – If you like to sketch or journal, take it outside! A change in scenery may spark your creativity, and the fresh air is good for your health.
    • Build a bonfire – Nothing reminds me of fall more than a bonfire and marshmallows. However, please remember to observe safety precautions to protect the environment and avoid fires.
    • View the fall leaves – While it may be a bit early for the leaves to be changing color, you can certainly find out what kinds of leaf changes the trees in your area can expect. It is amazing what you notice when you are paying attention to the nature all around you.
    • Go camping – A full camping vacation may be out of the question for families with children in school or those who cannot get away from work. However, even taking a blanket to your backyard or parking your truck in a field to see the stars at night can be an awe inspiring experience.
    • Watch for wildlife – Do you have birds in your backyard? Do you see deer when you take your walks? Whether it is a hobby or just casual observation, seeing the wildlife around you makes you more knowledgeable about your environment and local ecosystem.
    • Picnic in a park – If it is a nice day, take your family to the park to enjoy a picnic surrounded by nature. If you plan to take your dog, however, make sure you are aware of all regulations about pets before you go.
    • Plan to watch a sunrise or sunset – Sunrises and sunsets are lovely in any season, but these events are at some of their most beautiful during the fall. Take the extra effort to enjoy a quiet moment with nature during these times this month.
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