A window into Amy’s why and an important ask make up this week’s Outdoor Diary. With Memorial Day just a few weeks away, you can take a moment to plan how you are going to mark it, and Amy has a suggestion.

[:24] Amy’s why
[:30] About Capt. John Hallett
[1:05] What this episode is really about
[1:55] About wear blue: run to remember
[2:20] Why wear blue matters
[3:52] What to do on Memorial Day

In the U.S., creating space for conservation and outdoor use is directly tied to public lands. But what do you do when most land is privately held? And how do you encourage conservation and nature appreciation in major cities like Dallas? For Joni Carswell and Texan By Nature, an organization founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, the answer comes down to everyone – businesses, nonprofits and citizens – working together to focus on what we share around the outdoors.

Catch Joni’s beliefs around conservation, her love of Texas, tips for encouraging conservation in your own backyard, plus the inside scoop on why, exactly, it always looks a little bit like the George W. Bush Presidential Library’s lawn is getting out of hand.

[5:05] Texas eco-regions
[6:00] About Texan By Nature
[10:06] Why businesses take care of natural resources
[13:34] Extracting resources, and then leaving it better than you found it
[17:30] Conservation and the George W. Bush Presidential Center
[21:13] Why it looks like former Pres. Bush forgot to mow his lawn
[23:33] Joni’s outdoor story
[30:00] Conservation meets city living
[33:00] Upcoming Texan By Nature project
[35:27] Tips for conservation in your own backyard
[38:09] Joni’s favorite outdoor gear
[38:46] Joni’s most essential outdoor gear
[39:00] Joni’s most favorite outdoor moment ever

Listen to this episode of Amy’s outdoor diary to hear how she got outside last week and all about her epic gear fail! And what exactly are “running wives” anyway?

[:48] Why Amy doesn’t always do the same thing
[1:40] How Amy is always “that” friend
[2:29] What went wrong with Amy’s water pack
[2:51] Amy’s two life questions (for now)
[3:14] Outdoor friends as outdoor heroes

Follow three of Amy’s “running wives” on Instagram: Rachel, Clare and Kate
The Osprey pack that’s great except for the new leak
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When we say “forest bathing” we definitely don’t mean taking a scrub surrounded by trees. First formally started in Japan, shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing” is a nature therapy focused on mindfulness. And certified forest therapists, like today’s guest Michelle Abbey, help students get there.

OK, but why do you need a forest therapist to help you go outside? And what does studying forest therapy teach you about your own relationship with nature? Michelle gives us the inside scoop.

[1:20] Michelle’s favorite outdoor space
[2:20] What is forest bathing?
[4:37] What’s beyond the basic 5 senses
[5:33] How forest bathing is different than just going outside
[6:30] Do you need a forest required for forest bathing?
[7:35] Why get certified in forest bathing?
[10:10] What Michelle learned about herself and nature
[16:50] Why repeating some experiences over and over again is good
[21:15] Is there an ideal daily dose of time outside?
[25:58] Do you have to be distraction free?
[27:55] Who needs a forest bathing therapist
[30:50] Michelle’s favorite outdoor gear
[32:15] Michelle’s most essential outdoor gear
[33:04] Michelle’s favorite outdoor moment

Listen to this installment of Amy’s outdoor diary to hear about how she got outside last week. Hint: it involves snowshoes and a pretty darn remote cabin.

[:54] Amy does not like trying new things
[1:45] Fighting to do new things
[2:45] About snowshoeing into a public use cabin in the winter
[4:05] What we learned by trying something new
[4:50] Outdoor hero: Alaska state parks