The Trustees of Reservations rejuvenates its annual hiking challenge in Massachusetts

World's End, a Trustees of Reservations property in Hingham, Massachusetts (photo by Cheryl Landes) The Trustees of Reservations has relaunched its annual hiking challenge after a one-year break because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Hike Trustees" program, which started in 2016, encourages people of all ages to record their hikes at the Trustees' properties in … Continue reading The Trustees of Reservations rejuvenates its annual hiking challenge in Massachusetts

Free admission at five Mass Audubon sites this week for Winter Recess

Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts (photo by Cheryl Landes) Check out five Mass Audubon sites this week for free. A different property is featured each day. Although admission is free, reservations are required because capacity is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. The featured properties are: Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln on Monday, February 15Broadmoor … Continue reading Free admission at five Mass Audubon sites this week for Winter Recess

Armchair photo tours: Salmon spawning season at Carkeek Park in Seattle

Piper's Creek at Carkeek Park in Seattle Photos by Cheryl Landes From November through January, the salmon return to Carkeek Park in northwest Seattle after a long journey at sea. The journey marks the end of their life cycle and the start of a new one as they lay eggs in the creek. By the … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Salmon spawning season at Carkeek Park in Seattle

Armchair photo tours: The Sediment Retention Structure at Mount St. Helens

A view from the Sediment Retention Structure at Mount St. Helens Photos by Cheryl Landes On May 18, 1980, when Mount St. Helens erupted, the blast deposited more than three billion cubic yards of sediment into the Toutle River Basin, covering 32 miles with an average depth of 150 feet. Mudflows filled the Cowlitz River … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The Sediment Retention Structure at Mount St. Helens

Armchair photo tours: Fall at the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve

The Mima Mounds Naural Area Preserve in Olympia, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes The Mima Mounds is a mystery. No one knows for sure how the bumpy landscape originated in these 637 acres of prairie grasslands. Theories are abundant, from pocket gophers excavating nest chambers to permafrost cracking near the end of the Ice Age. … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Fall at the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve

Armchair photo tours: Rainbow Falls State Park

A view of Rainbow Falls from the viewpoint in Rainbow Falls State Park west of Chehalis, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes Rainbow Falls State Park is a popular place for camping, picnicking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, wildlife watching, birdwatching, and fishing. A short trail from the day-use parking lot ends at a viewpoint for a … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Rainbow Falls State Park

Armchair photo tours: A fall hike in the Peavy Arboretum in Corvallis, Oregon

Fall colors in the Peavy Arboretum in Corvallis, Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes Peavy Arboretum is a beautiful, quiet escape for outdoor lovers who want to immerse themselves in nature any time of year. In the fall, the changing colors are a beautiful treat, no matter what you do. Maple leaves near the OSU Research … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall hike in the Peavy Arboretum in Corvallis, Oregon