Wild Keeper Spotlight: Alicia Greer

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Wild Keeper Spotlight: Alicia Greer
Meet first term Wild Keeper, Alicia! Alicia is based in Denver and got into the outdoors through her work in environmental education and animal care conservation. For the last 6 years she has been working at zoos, aquariums, nature centers, and museums.

Wild Keeper Spotlight: Lia Clark

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Wild Keeper Spotlight: Lia Clark

Meet Lia Clark, a 4th term Wild Keeper based in Denver, CO. Lia was introduced to the outdoors through a sleep away camp when she was 11. During her stay at camp she went on her first backpacking trip which she says, "was grueling and took me up a 14er and I never looked back. Nature is where I feel the most free." She shared that her most memorable adventure in the outdoors has been road tripping from Colorado to California and hiking North Dome in Yosemite.   When discussing representation, Lia shared, "As a member of the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander)...

An Intro to Wildfire Season

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An Intro to Wildfire Season

Summer is coming and with that comes the impending threat of wildfire season in many states. As temperatures continue to rise and rain and snow aren't as prevalent, the threat of wildfires in much drier conditions are more and more present. What exactly is wildfire season and what do you need to know to avoid potentially starting a fire? We've got some tips for you!  Wildfire season, and the areas effected, are continuing to expand with the states seeing the most fires being California, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Arizona and Oklahoma. Nearly 85 percent* of wildland fires in the...

Wild Keeper Spotlight: Brendan Lindsay and Nick Brady

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Wild Keeper Spotlight: Brendan Lindsay and Nick Brady
Meet Brendan Lindsay and Nick Brady! Two second term Wild Keepers in Outer Banks, North Carolina. Nick and Brendan are both passionate about ocean and beach cleanups and caring for waterways, so much so that they created a page dedicated to this called TheDeepEnd that focuses on all things water, beaches and keeping them beautiful!

Wild Keeper Spotlight: Bernadette 'Berney' Arrogancia

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Wild Keeper Spotlight: Bernadette 'Berney' Arrogancia

Meet first term Wild Keeper Bernadette 'Berney' Arrogancia! Berney is currently based in Sacramento, CA but striving towards getting a van to travel and life a more nomadic lifestyle.  When we asked Berney how she got into the outdoors she shared, "Since I can remember the outdoors has always brought me unfiltered joy. I really don't know how I got into it, but I remember I was always the kid who got their hands dirty from playing outside, always climbing trees, scoping them out whenever I saw them and analyzing in my head if they were climbable. I'd roll down grass hills as...

How to be a better ally: in the outdoors and beyond!

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How to be a better ally: in the outdoors and beyond!
Keep Nature Wild believes and supports that we are all better together in the outdoors. For this to happen, the outdoors must be an inclusive, welcoming, and safe space for any and every body. If you're wondering where to start or how to be a better ally to the LGBTQIA+ community, here are some steps to take that were shared by Bearfoot Theory from Lettie Stratton, founder of Wild Wanderer, an outdoor adventure site for the LGBTQ+ community.

Wild Keeper Spotlight: Jon Talamantez

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Wild Keeper Spotlight: Jon Talamantez
Meet Jon Talamantez, a passionate second term Wild Keeper and newer recreator in the outdoors based here in Phoenix, Arizona. We wanted to begin celebrating PRIDE month by introducing Jon, who not only makes an impact as a Wild Keeper, but also as founder of the PRIDE community within the company he works for, Carvana. Jon has been pivotal to our design process for the OUTside Together Collection and chose the nonprofit organization we will donate 100% of proceeds from the collection to: The Trevor Project.

Wild Keeper Spotlight: Alissa Kelley

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Wild Keeper Spotlight: Alissa Kelley
Our next Wild Keeper Spotlight is introducing Alissa Kelley! Alissa has been a Wild Keeper for four terms and is based in Pennsylvania. Alissa shared that growing up, her parents were always turning off the tv and encouraging herself and her siblings to play outside. She said that they "lived out in the middle of nowhere so we were always outdoors, whether it was playing tag, feeding our animals, or swinging. Needless to say, growing up with parents who love the outdoors has made me love being outside as well! And the older I get, the more I appreciate the outdoors!"

The healing benefits of our favorite place: nature

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The healing benefits of our favorite place: nature

Nature gives us so much: a place to adventure, a place to unplug, a place to exercise and a place to find solace. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we also want to talk about another benefit nature brings us: healing.  Many of us may have loved nature from an early age, but some have come to the outdoors through the pandemic. The pandemic forced so many of us to stay indoors for most of our days, avoiding connection and solely finding it through online communities and sources. This time of scrolling heavily, utilizing technology and staying inside frequently led...

Wild Keeper Spotlight: Brent Kuschewski

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Wild Keeper Spotlight: Brent Kuschewski

Meet Wild Keeper, Brent Kuschewski! This is Brett's first term as a Wild Keeper with Keep Nature Wild, but he has loved the outdoors his whole life. Brent shared, "I was lucky enough to have many opportunities to visit National Parks, see various oceans/beaches, and take two road trips across the country as a child. This sparked a love for nature and the outdoors that has been there since I can remember. I really started to get "into" the outdoors once I was old enough to go out and explore on my own. I used to spend hours in the...

Wild Keeper Spotlight: Abbey Dufoe

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Wild Keeper Spotlight: Abbey Dufoe

Meet Abbey! Abbey is a 3rd year Wild Keeper based in Tennessee, who has also been a Wild Keeper Mentor for the past year and a half! We wanted to get to know Abbey better not only through her experience as a Wild Keeper but also through her experiences in the outdoors.  Abbey was introduced to the outdoors from a young age, instilling her love of nature from the very beginning thanks to her parents. She reminisced that, "I grew up with a big backyard and a sense of adventure! Every summer, my parents would pack me and my siblings up in...

KWEEN WERK on the Necessity of Representation in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

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KWEEN WERK on the Necessity of Representation in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

Parker McMullen Bushman, aka KWEEN WERK is a vibrant, joyful Black hiker and environmental educator who is setting out to discuss representation and education in conservation and outdoor recreation. Her spirit and love for the outdoors backs her message that outdoor recreation is for everyone and looks many different ways. We'll let Parker share about her finding her career path, finding her love for nature and more!  KWEEN is actually an acronym that stands for Keep Widening Environmental Engagement Narratives. I started KWEEN WERK because of my own experiences facing the drastic lack of representation in the Environmental Education and Outdoors Recreation...

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