A Brief History of Wild Keepers

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A Brief History of Wild Keepers

Way back before Keep Nature Wild was even a twinkle in the eyes of founders Cameron and Sean, they were organizing group hikes as Arizona Hikers Guide. The hikes were the perfect opportunity to connect with people, encourage leave no trace principles, and pick up trash. The more hikes they lead, the more people showed up and the more trash they picked up. Cameron and Sean realized pretty quickly that these get-togethers were answering a need for community.  Keep Nature Wild was founded on picking up trash and creating community. Shirts were sold to help fund cleanup efforts. It turned...

10 Reasons To Go Reusable

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10 Reasons To Go Reusable

ATTENTION, SHOPPERS: Plastic and paper bags are out. Reusable bags are the new go-to, and here’s why. 1. Most recycling facilities refuse to take plastic bags. Turns out that it actually costs more to recycle a plastic bag than it’s actually worth… So most facilities won’t recycle them. In fact, the Waste Management reports that only 1% of plastic bags are recycled. The rest go straight into our landfills and oceans. 2. Rough estimate, but the people in the US use about 100 billion plastic bags each year. To put that in perspective, that many bags could circle the Earth 1,330 times....

Weekly Wild Keeper: Ashley Cummins

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Weekly Wild Keeper: Ashley Cummins

Name: Ashley Cummins  Location: Reno, NV  Term: Fall '18 Favorite Wild Place: San Juan Islands Ashley Cummins is in her second term as a Wild Keeper. She first heard about Keep Nature Wild on Instagram and fell in love with the mission. She had never applied to be an ambassador before this, but felt like this what the type of ambassador program she could get behind.    As a recent transplant to Reno, NV, Ashley has been enjoying the many trails around Tahoe and the surrounding area. When asked what her favorite trail in the area was, she had a hard...

Weekly Wild Keeper: Lauren Becks

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Weekly Wild Keeper: Lauren Becks

Name: Lauren Becks Location: Medina, Ohio Term: Fall '18 Favorite Wild Place: The Smoky Mountains Lauren Becks lives in farm country, just outside of Medina, Ohio. It’s her first term as a Wild Keeper and she couldn’t be more excited about the community she joined. “It was so cool when I joined! I lost my mind when I got into the group chat and saw all these amazing people,” she says of joining the group chat for all the Wild Keepers.    She first learned about the Wild Keeper program from a close friend. Lauren noticed that her friend was...

Weekly Wild Keeper: Jake Perry

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Weekly Wild Keeper: Jake Perry

Name: Jake PerryLocation: Pyeongtaek, South KoreaTerm: Fall '18Favorite Wild Place: Great Sand Dunes National Park Jake's experience as a Wild Keeper has positively impacted his life in more ways than one. Originally from Lake Erie, OH, he discovered a passion for the outdoors about 3.5 years ago while living in Nebraska.  Currently, Jake is living in South Korea, with his wife Sara, who is stationed in Pyeongtaek with the Air Force. As a reservist for the military, it was necessary for Jake to defer a year of service to join her, but the experience has been worth it. Though it...

Weekly Wild Keeper: Halle Homel

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Weekly Wild Keeper: Halle Homel

Name: Halle HomelLocation: Riverside, CATerm: Fall '18Favorite Wild Place: Sequoia National Park This is Halle’s first term as a Wild Keeper. She’d been following us for a while, and she loved seeing all of the work we were actually doing, so she decided to apply. Growing up, Halle’s parents would take her hiking, but she didn’t always love it. However, she does think that’s where her appreciation for the outdoors started. Now, she loves hiking, connecting with other women from her group, and exploring new trails. Since, being a Wild Keeper, she has felt so inspired. Halle has loved connecting...

Weekly Wild Keeper: Alex Nachman

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Weekly Wild Keeper: Alex Nachman

Name: Alex NachmanLocation: Chandler, AZTerm: Fall '18Favorite Wild Place: Lee's Ferry (Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona) This is Alex's first term as a Wild Keeper, and she says that her experience thus far has been pretty amazing. She has gotten to do a lot of cleanups at the Beardsley Boulder Pile. Becoming a Wild Keeper has changed how she thinks about hiking and being outdoors. She was blind to the trash that she was passing on a daily basis, but now she sees just how much there really is. Alex has lived in Arizona for nearly her whole life, and...

What To Do With Unwanted Clothes

Posted by RYLEE STOULIL

What To Do With Unwanted Clothes

Today's topic covers the easy part of going through your closet. I mean, the purge is the hard part, right? The process of deciding what to actually get rid of is always so difficult for me. Now, onto the fun part - upcycling or finding a new home! But first, some stats. So, you're clothes are totally recyclable. They can be used for lots of different things - like carpet padding, home insulation, and stuffing for pillows, car seats or toys. However, the EPA reports that 5% of the landfills in the US are thrown-away clothes, and only 15% of...

Weekly Wild Keeper: Josh Noble

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Weekly Wild Keeper: Josh Noble

Name: Josh NobleLocation: Seattle, WATerm: Fall '18Favorite Wild Place: Emerald Lake (Yoho National Park, British Columbia) Josh is a first-time Wild Keeper this fall term. He knew he had to apply after his friend in Missouri was Wild Keeper over the summer. He also comes from a family of volunteers, and he was taught from a young age to give back. When he found out about the Wild Keeper Program he was excited to join a community of like-minded people. Once the term started, he was surprised and so excited to see the large impact all the Wild Keepers could...

Safe Practices While Cleaning Up Nature

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Safe Practices While Cleaning Up Nature

We don’t quite know why people litter… but they do. Since 2016, with the help of thousands of volunteers, we have removed over 135,000 lbs of litter from nature! That’s a lot of plastic water bottles, food wrappers, random articles of clothing, and cigarette butts. If you didn’t know already, we have an ambassador program for individuals all over the world who have a collective goal of making the world a better place. We call them Wild Keepers and they commit to achieving our goal by getting outside, cleaning up any litter they find, and sharing it on social media....

Mental Health + The Outdoors

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Mental Health + The Outdoors

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, and all day long, we’ve been having a conversation about depression and anxiety and other conditions. And we’ve been trying to figure out how the outdoors fits into that conversation. Let’s start off with some stats… In the US, 43.9 million adults have or are currently experiencing mental illness (that’s 17.9% of the adult population) 18.1% of adults and 25.1% of children experience anxiety 9% of children have ADHD The average American is seated for 7.7 hours a day (and that doesn’t include sleeping) The average American kid, ages 0-12, spends 25-42 minutes...

All About Impact Day

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All About Impact Day

Impact Day: a day once a month when Wild Keepers all over the globe post about the impact they've made in their community. For one day, our Instagram is flooded with photos and stories about the trash that people are picking up in their areas. So, yeah, it's our favorite day of the month! Yesterday was the first Impact Day of the Fall Wild Keeper Term, and we were blown away! We have over 1,000 Wild Keepers, with at least one in every single state and 10 other countries. They cleaned up their neighborhoods, favorite trails, the beach, and college...

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