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Rachel Carson

If you’re an NPR listener, you might have caught this recent story about a group of activists hoping to shake up the all-male lineup of historical figures...

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The most pressing environmental challenge of our time may not be species extinction, habitat destruction, or even climate change. If you ask Scott Sampson—better known as "Dr. Scott"—it could actually be our disconnection from the natural world around us. 

A paleontologist and...

Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument

Ever heard of the Antiquities Act? It may sound like something straight out of a Mummy sequel, but it's actually the century-old law that grants the U.S. president the ability to declare national monuments—today, an eclectic collection of protected places that includes American icons...

Squak Mountain, Washington

If you've ever hiked the Pacific Northwest—or dreamed of it, as an armchair traveler—you know the peace and stillness of a walk in the woods: lush ferns underfoot, pine boughs overhead, and worries a world away. The forest is such an important part of the region's identity that it's easy to take...

Old Speck Mountain, Maine

The Appalachian Trail boasts some impressive numbers:  It's more than 2,000 miles long and passes through 14 different states. More than 2 million people explore the trail every year. Of those, a few thousand will attempt to hike its entire length —and only one in four will succeed.

But...

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