Rewilding D.C

D.C’s City Trails Link Residents to the Outdoors


Rewilding D.C.: City Trails Link the Urban to the Outdoors.
D.C.’s Capital Trails Coalition is creating a 20-year plan that will create one of the largest trail networks in the U.S. and stand as a template for other American cities.
D.C. is already one of the best cities in the country for biking.
But the Capital Trails Coalition sets a vision for it to be one of the best cycling cities in the world.” —Matt Liddle, D.C. manager for REI Outdoor Programs D.C. is relatively flat, and nearly 39 percent of its residents don’t own cars.
The Rewilding Project supports multi-year projects that help dramatically reshape how large urban areas connect with the outdoors.
In D.C., REI is supporting the Capital Trail Coalition with a $500,000 grant over four years, and is working directly with WABA to help bring this vision to life.
Washington, D.C., Multiuse Trail Connectivity: Our half-million-dollar investment over four years is supporting the completion of a regional multiuse trail network in the Washington, D.C., area.
Our support of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), Rails to Trails Coalition and The Trust for Public Lands will accelerate the bold vision of a regional trail network: connecting existing trails with new ones so that more communities, especially those underserved, can access outdoor recreation and alternative transportation.
Specific work includes: development of the 278-acre Big Marsh property to create one of the biggest mountain-bike parks in the country, mixed-use trails, paddling opportunities and much more; developing a brand for the area that will bring awareness to the new outdoor recreation opportunities; and, transportation planning to connect communities to Big Marsh and otherwise improve access.
Our investment in the National Forest Foundation and The Wilderness Society supports sustainable access to the San Gabriels, restoring and rerouting trails, enhancing recreation infrastructure, and increasing connectivity between the city and this special place by linking urban trails and developing alternative transportation.

Essentials the Experts Recommend for the Best Wilderness Experience

Improve Your Experience With These Wilderness Essentials


Essentials the Experts Recommend for the Best Wilderness Experience.
Weather Wear Rain gear and thermal underwear made the list, regardless of the season.
If Gold Bond powder or baby wipes are listed as an ‘optional’ item on your packing list, bring them!
According to several seasoned guides, you’ll feel clean and refreshed if you can splash on some powder after a long day.
The last essential is what we’ll call “shareable socks.” When you go on a wilderness expedition, take one pair of socks that is on the gear list, but these are extra special.
Then, when things are at their worst, give your shareable socks to another person in your group who needs them.
These senses often include: A sense of readiness: Make sure you get any pending business done before you go so that you can focus on your wilderness experience and not worry about home life.
Consider living for 28 days in the same t-shirt and you’ll get the idea.
Find the funny people in your group and start enjoying them from day one.
Consider these essentials when you’re preparing for your adventure, and let us know what others you would add to the list!

Commune With Nature—In The City

Nature Abounds … In The City


If you’re a nature lover, you might think you have to leave the city to get your fix, but I’ve begun to realize there’s more than meets the eye in most cities.
Here are a few ways I’ve lately become more aware of the nature around me in the city.
Ditch your car for a minute.
You might not find total solitude—and bring a friend if you’d feel more comfortable—but you’re guaranteed to feel closer to nature and breathe fresher air than you could in your car or on the street.
Some days the birds in Denver are practically performing an opera—and they might be in your city, too.
Migratory birds and other animals congregate around the waterways flowing between neighborhoods and developments.
Aside from the animals I’ve seen there—only a few feet removed from busy streets—it’s also a place to simply watch the water flow, a soothing meditation in the middle of the urban chaos.
Moving cars, people and signs at eye level constantly vie for our attention.
I’ve seen huge raccoons on the street in Denver, late in the evening when the neighborhood was quiet.
Of course, it’s important to remain aware of your surroundings if you don’t feel safe after dark.