desert bloom.

It will soon be wildflower season in the deserts of California, and this year may be more memorable than most.  One of the best places to see it happen – and to be amazed by the stars at night as well – is Joshua Tree National Park.  Enjoy this short video from More Than Just  Parks.

To find out when and where to go, with up-to-date information, check out this site.

standing.

Bill McKibben has long been one of the most outspoken voices for addressing climate change and is now setting his sights on environmental justice for the Standing Rock Sioux in the face of the expedited order to complete the dakota access pipeline.  Read his eloquent words for background on the controversy and resistance here.  You might also visit the site of the organization he founded, 350.org.

 

california state parks.

Conservation areas need all the love they can get these days.  California has a magnificent network of state parks, protecting an array of California’s unique landscapes, from beaches to high mountains to parched deserts and even an inland sea.  Check out their many sites here.  There are nearly 300 to choose from and 63 are right on the Pacific Ocean.

If you are looking for beachfront property you can actually afford, plan a camping trip.  My picks in SoCal are San Elijo State Beach, though the proximity to the road makes tent camping a bit of a noisy proposition, and San Clemente State Beach where you can pitch a tent right on the bluff under the main lifeguard tower.  You’ll have views to eternity, but watch out for the wind which comes in strong along this stretch of the coast.

Want to pitch in?  The california state parks foundation is an independent advocacy group that schedules volunteer days for the public to help out with important resource management projects.  Share the love here.