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Rewilding the Scottish Highlands

My first impression was the variegated greens of the trees…and the thought that this is what the forest looked like in Roman times. And just beyond the treetops, in the distance, I could see the barren hilltops.  And that’s when it hit me.  Here we were doing our bit to help bring the lush Caledonian…

Praise for Gene Zimmerman

What kind of person would spend more than ten years volunteering thousands of hours for an environmental nonprofit, without drawing attention to himself and his contributions? We have such a person in our organization, and I decided this is the right time to call him out. Behind his back some people have called him John…

Extend the Hiking Season in Patagonia

The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. Patagonia is much further from my home than 1,000 miles. From the San Francisco Bay Area, it requires more than two days of travel to reach this iconic hiking destination and my personal journey there was complicated by much more than distance. For many years,…

Impact

Would you read the report on ConservationVIP® impact if I told you that it uses the word SEX multiple times?

A [Volunteer] Day in the Life

It was September, 2009. My wife and I learned about ConservationVIP® from a family member and we were encouraged to check out the trip to Yosemite National Park. Upon learning more details from the ConservationVIP® website and through REI Adventures, we signed up to join them. Having experienced the value of volunteering locally and being…

Some things just “say” Galapagos

Some things just “say” Galapagos. The blue-footed booby. Marine iguana. Tortoise. Darwin. I’d heard the words before, but now I was about to live them. Here I was, shoe-horned into a small plane approaching Isla Isabela, the outermost inhabited island in the Galapagos, with about a dozen Conservation Volunteers International Program (ConservationVIP®) volunteers. I couldn’t…

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