5 results for tag: getting outdoors


Summer Fun, Outdoors!

By PLC Education & Outreach Coordinator, Lynne Dardanell — As we step into August and begin the final countdown to the end of summer (which is often unofficially over when school begins, a college semester starts, or even Labor Day weekend), we should be asking ourselves - have we spent enough time outside? Have we experienced nature, even just one iota. Have we taken the appropriate breaks from our devices, or even our vices (and perhaps they are one and the same). Have we not only heard the crickets, the bullfrogs, and the mourning doves - but listened, actually listened - to their songs? Have we inhaled the scent of fresh-cut grass, ...

Greetings from PLC’s Newest StaffMember

By PLC Land Protection Associate, Josh Horton-Campbell — As a child, I was more impressed by feats of human ingenuity than by the wonders of nature. I grew up on a 12 acre historic farm property located in the former margin between the suburbia of Philadelphia and the open fields of Amish country. The property was bordered on one side by the lovely and strong-flowing Shamona Creek, which, at the corner of our land, ran under an ancient stone bridge into a deep pool and then a wetland. However, I was a bookworm, a tinkerer, and a bit of a homebody given my strong reactions to insect bites and stings. Thus, it was not the life of the stream that ...

Practical Work for Lawyers

By PLC Legal Intern Mike Casterlow: A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity that many law students very rarely get to experience during an internship: I left the office to explore the outside world. Specifically, I went to visit a piece of property on which PLC has proposed to place an easement. I went along with the executive director, the stewardship director, and a board member to view the property and decide the boundaries of the easement. In law school, it can be easy to forget that there is a world beyond the casebooks and memos. Many of my fellow law students sit at a desk all day staring at a computer screen while doing research. Therefo...

My Urban Walk for PLC’s Hike-A-Thon

by PLC Hiker Otis Durham: Months ago, with Greg Keener’s encouragement, I agreed to become a Piedmont Land Conservancy Hike-A-Thon fundraising hiker. I told Greg I’d likely be in Portland, OR visiting my daughter. “No problem. Hike wherever you are!” I assumed this would give me good motivation to get out in the grandeur and beauty of nature that surrounds Portland. However, when January 1st arrived, I had no transportation, it was cold, overcast with drizzling rain and I was embedded deep in urban Portland where sidewalks and streets, not soft forest trails, are the norm. I expected the worst. A walk in urban blight wasn’t exactly in ...

Turtle Adventures at Wolf Island Prairie

A follow-on post about Wolf Island Prairie by PLC Land Owner Mike Vaughan: Sharing a note from a recent morning after a late summer rain ....Because of the rain last night I figured that the Collies and I might find a Box turtle on our prairie walk this morning.  Even so, I was surprised, when we’d only gotten about 150 feet from our house, to find a mating pair right on the edge of our drive.  Fortunately, the Collies did not see them.  I realized immediately that I didn’t want to break up their romance, but I did decide to walk up to them to try to find out if they were “new” turtles or had been previously captured and code marked.  ...