I spent a season long ago as a botanist on the Carrizo Plain, one of the coolest landscapes I have ever encountered, so I was a bit dismayed this week that it’s National Monument status might be up for revision by the new presidential administration.  Then I read that Patagonia (yes, the retailer) was standing up to the attack on monuments (read about it here).  It brought to mind one of the most significant and impacting films I have seen about adventure and the environment, 180° South.


national parks.

National Parks and other conservation entities are tremendously active in the summer months and generally do much of their hiring, well, right about now.  Ordinarily that would be a gold mine for those looking to enter the field.  However, the recent hiring freeze has left a lot of questions about how that would play out.  Read about it here.

In the midst of the media blackout imposed on the park service and several other science-based government entities, new means of rogue communication have arisen.  You can read about it here, or look for Alt National Park Service on Twitter or Facebook for information relevant to science and conservation.

With these issues in mind, it might be a good time to revisit why Wallace Stegner once said that “National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.”  Check the National Parks Adventure trailer below, and visit the Fleet Science Center in San Diego to see it on the big screen.


Greenpeace might be the original renegade environmental group, known for its vehement defense of the natural world.  Today they took a stance on the renewed interest in pipeline construction in the US.  You can read about it here.

I recently posted the trailer for a very cool film about the founding and early activism of the group.  It’s called How to Change the World.  Check the trailer below and stream it on Netflix.