Nature

Rewild Your Child

Even if you're not ready to yank your kid out of fourth grade to let them

We Don't Need No Education

In early September, in a clapboard house situated on 43 acres just outside a small town in northern Vermont, two boys awaken. They are brothers; the older is 12, the younger 9, and they rise to...

In University Forests, Money Does Grow on Trees

As far as university forests go, North Carolina State University's Hofmann Forest is huge. At 79,000 acres, it is about 2,500 acres larger than Arches National Park. Of course, it is nothing...

The Case for Going Uncivilized

Dawn light, mouse gray in the woods. Gazing north into the trees through the bedroom windows, I can see hours of daylight waiting for me. Time for a recalibration walk. I’ve been living in...

Sign for Delivery

Soccer fans aren't the only depressed creatures in Argentina these days.

The Navy's Deadly Obsession with Whales

You've likely read the stories—or at least heard rumors—about America’s secret dolphin navy, trained to patrol harbors and clear mines. Or perhaps you’ve followed the...

On the (Very Smelly) Trail of the Skunk Takeover

I bought a striped skunk skull online from a man named Terry. It arrived yesterday from Duluth, Minnesota, in a nondescript cardboard box that weighed almost nothing. I opened the box and...

The Hidden Danger Threatening Our Dogs

Earlier this year, Terry Dubois, an elementary school reading coach and member of the Los Alamos Mountain Canine Corps, a search-and-rescue...

The Freedivers Who Eavesdrop on Whales

I’m in the passenger seat of a white van, on a dusty, potholed road somewhere along the northeastern coast of Sri Lanka. It’s 9:00 p.m. and the stars are out. “Is this the...

A Battle Won Against Megadams in Chile—But the War?

On Tuesday, environmentalists and adventurers threw up a collective cheer when a Chilean committee rejected a plan to dam two wild Patagonian rivers. The HidroAysen project, proposed by the...

The Day We Set the Colorado River Free

On Friday, March 28, 2014, I did something that has been impossible for most of the past 50 years and, by the time you read this, will be again. As photographer Pete McBride snapped photos of me...

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