Armchair Hiking – Gros Morne Mountain

Gros Morne Mountain looms large with its vast, steep, rocky slopes and expose summit. The top of the mountain feels far away as you start walking on the trail, winding through coniferous forest. The shady trail slowly climbs as you pass rivers and fallen logs .  The trees open up to reveal the top of Gros Morne. It’s much closer than when you started and it looks beautiful in the morning light. But the mountaintop is still a ways above you and this is where the trail starts to get more difficult. With the forest behind you, you follow the trail up a rocky, gully. It’s very steep and full of loose rocks. You climb carefully and take breaks under the shade of some small shrubs. As you rest, you look back at the view behind you, full of mountains, oceans bays and the bright orange rock of the Tablelands…

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Explore your own Backyard Bio!

Don’t fancy a huge hike? No problem! Help us document our neighborhood paths with a community BioBlitz! From September 14-21 Nature NL will be partnering with Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants in a week long #BackyardBio challenge! #BackyardBio is a “bio-blitz”: a fun event that challenges us to identify as many species as possible in a specific area. And as the “backyard” implies, you can do it close to home, either in your literal backyard, or on a trail right near you! What better way to get out there and explore the trails in your own backyard than to incorporate a fun activity that brings everyone together? BioBlitz??  Awesome! How can I participate? Participating is easy! All you have to do is snap some pictures of the critters you find along your travels and identify them using your local knowledge or an identification app like iNaturalist (app download…

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#TrailTrekNL

You work your way up a beaten path laden with blueberry bushes and lichen. Your breathing mirrors the ebb and flow of the distant ocean as you faintly hear the tide collide with the coastline. Moss covers the ground in a blanket as you walk through a section of tall birch and spruce. The shadowy canopy breaks to illuminate a rocky outcrop where the ocean extends beyond the horizon and the salty sea air welcomes you home. This is Armchair Hiking. With over 330 documented trails here in Newfoundland and Labrador, there is a pretty good chance you are close to at least one (AllTrails.com, 2020). However, this doesn't always mean that you're comfortable on them.  This September we are celebrating our trails and encouraging intersectional environmentalism by sharing our trail experiences through blog posts, pictures and videos! Nature NL believes that enjoying nature should be an accessible activity for…

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