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Andrew Burr
Sew-cial Distancing
Sew-cial Distancing
Sew-cial Distancing
Patagonia

Making face masks in the time of COVID-19: when “breathable face fabric” takes on a whole new meaning.

5 min Read
Raised from Earth
Raised from Earth
Raised from Earth

Under the gaze of southern Arizona’s cinnamon-hued Canelo Hills, a mother passes along an ancient Puebloan tradition of natural adobe building to her three sons.

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From the AT to NYC
From the AT to NYC
From the AT to NYC
Lauren Evans

How a mother’s own childhood experience on the Appalachian Trail shaped the way she teaches her four children to find nature in the heart of New York City.

5 min Read
Dispatch from Fairy Creek
Dispatch from Fairy Creek
Dispatch from Fairy Creek
Maia Wikler

Why a logging protest has become Canada’s largest act of civil disobedience.

12 min Read
Love Scaled Up
Love Scaled Up
Love Scaled Up
Lor Sabourin

Behind the film They/Them.

10 min Read
Life Lived Wild
Life Lived Wild
Life Lived Wild
Rick Ridgeway

Rolling Stone called him “the real Indiana Jones.” His new memoir reveals why our friend Rick was always a great deal more.

5 min Read
Higher Ground
Higher Ground
Higher Ground
Austin Siadak & Richelle Kimble

Discovering that climbing is for them.

6 min Read
Good Jeans
Good Jeans
Good Jeans
Sarah Mirk

What’s the secret to a really good pair of jeans? Comics journalist Sarah Mirk tells us what to look for and how to keep them in play longer.

2 min Read
The Place to Go Downhill
The Place to Go Downhill
The Place to Go Downhill
Korey Hopkins

A soldier finds solace on fat tires.

10 min Read
Unfinished Business
Unfinished Business
Unfinished Business
Rachel G. Horn

When it comes to making more responsible jeans, our work is never done. And, of course, we leave the really dirty work to you.

7 min Read
Plotting Change
Plotting Change
Plotting Change
Andrew O’Reilly

The father and son team behind Life Do Grow farm has focused their life’s work on building a sense of community and well-being in an area that has been plagued by poverty, violence and neglect for decades.

6 min Read
The Ancient Tree Hunter
The Ancient Tree Hunter
The Ancient Tree Hunter
Jayme Moye

As the old-growth logging crisis heats up in Canada, a photographer goes searching for trees to save them.

11 min Read
A Quest for Nature
A Quest for Nature
A Quest for Nature

Ashe and Christin Brown are parents to their 3-year-old daughter, Quest, whom they want to raise with an appreciation for the diversity of the natural world.

4 min Read
Blood Memory
Blood Memory
Blood Memory
Jake Young

What if we could pass our love of a certain place through generations?

10 min Read
Jerry’s Wisdom
Jerry’s Wisdom
Jerry’s Wisdom
Caroline Gleich

Caroline Gleich grapples with the fears that come with an aging parent and the pressure she feels to have a child before her dad is gone.

7 min Read
Mommy, Where Do Clothes Come From?
Mommy, Where Do Clothes Come From?
Mommy, Where Do Clothes Come From?
Allison Gibson

Nearly every Wednesday, Courtney Reynolds can be found elbow-deep in a bin of someone else’s castoffs, searching for scraps of fabric and colorful quilts to deconstruct and sew into original clothing items for her three preschool-age kids, or to sell in her online shop, Napkin Apocalypse.

9 min Read
Let Them Be. Patagonia Kids.
Let Them Be. Patagonia Kids.
Let Them Be. Patagonia Kids.

Kids are meant to be kids. So let them be.

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Digging for Answers
Digging for Answers
Digging for Answers
Johnie Gall

We’re entering Earth’s sixth mass extinction, but clues about this climate crisis could be right under our feet.

6 min Read
Four Fifths a Grizzly
Four Fifths a Grizzly
Four Fifths a Grizzly
Doug Chadwick

Editor’s note: Prolific author and National Geographic magazine writer Doug Chadwick takes a fresh look at humans’ place in the natural world in his book, Four Fifths a Grizzly. In his accessible and engaging style, Chadwick approaches the subject from a scientific angle, with the underlying message that humans are not all that different from…

6 min Read
The Nautical Farmers
The Nautical Farmers
The Nautical Farmers
Erin Grace Scottberg

One young couple’s unexpected career path of farming sea vegetables drew them back to their roots and brought a promising climate-change solution to their coastal hometown.

7 min Read
The Flight of the Farmer
The Flight of the Farmer
The Flight of the Farmer

As the proprietor of Cold Antler Farm, a 6.5-acre span of land in Washington County, New York, Jenna Woginrich spends her days with red-tailed hawks.

8 min Read
Fire Sheep
Fire Sheep
Fire Sheep
Esha Chhabra

Sheep (and their poop) could help California’s climate-driven wildfires. One couple is ushering in this idea with a small flock and some supportive fire departments.

6 min Read
The Return of a Surf Classic
The Return of a Surf Classic
The Return of a Surf Classic
Kim McCoy & Willard Newell Bascom

Coauthor Kim McCoy recounts discovering the mystery of what lies beneath the waves, where ocean and land meet and compete.

5 min Read
The Dread Pirate Andy
The Dread Pirate Andy
The Dread Pirate Andy
Sakeus Bankson

Genetics is a powerful thing.

5 min Read
Rewriting the Myth of the West
Rewriting the Myth of the West
Rewriting the Myth of the West
Jade Begay & Patrice Ringelstein

Two women, Black and Indigenous, reflect on the myth of the American West after horse-packing through the Sierra.

10 min Read
Whitmore’s Legacy
Whitmore’s Legacy
Whitmore’s Legacy
John Long

Remembering the climber and conservationist.

6 min Read
Everyone’s Wildness
Everyone’s Wildness
Everyone’s Wildness
J. Drew Lanham

A wildlife ecologist reflects on the public lands that are his escape hatch and life’s work.

7 min Read
Bodies of Water
Bodies of Water
Bodies of Water
Bonnie Tsui

When a swimmer first knew she belonged.

5 min Read
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog
Bonnie Tsui

A skiing family’s shear joy.

3 min Read
She’s Taking Out the Trash
She’s Taking Out the Trash
She’s Taking Out the Trash
Andrew O’Reilly

One woman’s decades-long fight for clean air and environmental justice.

10 min Read
Low Water, Loose Stone
Low Water, Loose Stone
Low Water, Loose Stone
Thorpe Moeckel

Traveling by canoe in a desert miles from nowhere.

7 min Read
Why We Sit in Trees
Why We Sit in Trees
Why We Sit in Trees
Robert Moor

Roping up for a global protest.

15 min Read
Capture a Patagoniac
Capture a Patagoniac
Capture a Patagoniac
Jennifer Ridgeway

How we found our photographic style.

7 min Read
The Story of Fleece
The Story of Fleece
The Story of Fleece
Rachel G. Horn

A tale of tinkering.

6 min Read
What Comes Down Must Go Up
What Comes Down Must Go Up
What Comes Down Must Go Up
Johnie Gall

Melinda Daniels is huddled under the shelter of her purple tent waiting for the rain to start, which only seems odd when you consider the context: she’s in the middle of a farm on a blindingly sunny day.

8 min Read
The Guide of the Marshes
The Guide of the Marshes
The Guide of the Marshes
Beth Wald

Returning endangered species to the wetlands of Argentina is good for humans, too.

3 min Read
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