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If you really want to get back to basics, spend a few days at the Ridge to Reef Farm in St. Croix for the reason that one of the farm's ultimate goals is to grow and distribute enough food to feed 1% of the local population. If that can be accomplished, then they'll be that much closer to making the islands less dependent on overpriced, imported produce.
It is a tall order but if anyone can make it happen, it's Ridge to Reef's owner Nate Olive. Nate is passionate about fostering an organic and sustainable life on the farm and his enthusiasm is contagious. Most visitors become intoxicated by the smells, sounds, and tastes of the farm, which feature vegetable gardens, bamboo groves, fruit trees, chickens, goats, and a donkey.
As the only certified organic farm in the USVI, Ridge to Reef is busy harvesting food three times a week for their food share program and maintaining a 200-acre campus, so they do depend on help from volunteers throughout the year.
Is it time to start planning your own moment of Zen? The San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) is welcoming meditation seekers, yoga lovers, and artisan foodies for this year's guest seasons, running from April 26 to September 9, 2013, at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.
Located inland from Big Sur, and only accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles via a 14-mile dirt road, Tassajara is the first Zen training monastery outside of Asia. It has established itself as the place to go for self-discovery, healing and an escape from the stresses of everyday life. It is also an eco-efficient paradise with all of its energy coming from solar panels and local hot springs.
The summer travel season may be ending, but Go Eco still has more than eight volunteer trips planned to Thailand through the end of the year.
Go Eco tours not only give travelers the opportunity to help orphans in Thailand, but also experience Thai culture through tours, cooking and language classes around Singburi, Lopburi, and Ayutthaya.
The Thailand experiences range from 1-8 weeks and cost $540 for the first week, plus an additional $175 for each additional extra week. Volunteers are based in Sing Buri Province where they help teach, create activities, garden, and do renovation work at local orphanages.
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Forget going to see the latest movie in the Madagascar series. Why not spend some time volunteering there, on the actual island of Madagascar, instead?
Blue Ventures hosts a volunteer expedition to Madagascar every six months in which participants research and and work on conservation projects alongside scientists. Through their work, volunteers help to find new ways for coastal communities to live sustainably within their environment.
The Center For Responsible Travel (CREST), a non-profit established to transform the way the world travels, has announced an eight-day voyage to the Galapagos led by Darwin expert William Durham.
The sailing trip, which was jointly organized with eco-yacht operator Ecoventura, will take place from August 5- 12, 2012 and will include stops in Darwin Bay, Tagus Cove, Isabella, Rabida Island, Santa Fe Island, and the Darwin Station of Highlands of Santa Cruz.
If your New Year's resolution was to do good in 2012, Destination Earth has just launched a new volunteer tour to Cambodia and Vietnam perfect for kicking off the year in a positive way.
On January 16, the first of group of travelers to take part in the new program are headed to Vietnam and Cambodia for a 2-week eco-volunteer trip which will include donating supplies, teaching English, and finishing a footbridge that will help students get to school.
The group has similar trips planned throughout the year, like a 10-day Cambodia trip leaving on January 20 that will explore Phnom Penh, the Temples of Angkor Wat, and local floating villages. Tours include accommodations, most meals, entrance fees, and ground transportation. Right now Destination Earth is also offering a last minute special for the Cambodia tour starting at $1,875.
For more information about Destination Earth and their upcoming tours visit www.destination-earth.org.
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Volunteers in Colorado are helping to build a completely new hiking trail, called the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), that stretches from Mexico to Canada and across Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Volunteers with the Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA)based in Golden, Coloradodig out the trail, clear vegetation and move huge boulders and trees from the established route.
If forging a new trail sounds like a New Year's resolution you'd like to make, CDTA is already lining up volunteers for next season, which runs from April to October. Volunteer trips can last from one day to one week and include trail building, maintaining the existing trail, helping the crew chefs prepare meals, and participating in educational outreach programs. Trip leaders provide all gear, food and water, while volunteers bring their own tents, sleeping bags and day packs.
If you've ever thought about taking a volunteer vacation but haven't been sure if it's for you, next year you'll have a chance to get your feet wet in the world of voluntourism, without traveling too far from home.
Biosphere Expeditions, an international volunteer organization that runs conservation expeditions around the world, is giving potential volunteers a chance to see what it’s like to be in the field, without making a huge commitment.
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We already knew San Francisco was worthy, green and eco-friendly – but we didn’t realize just what happy little green things they were until our most recent visit.
There we were walking down Nob Hill when we looked closer at the line of saplings planted along the street and saw that each had not only a little placard saying what they were, but also an inspirational quote about the importance of trees.
Here’s a nice one from JFK:
The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The marshall replied, ‘In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!’
On June 29, Creation, the story of Charles Darwin starring Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, will be released on DVD; but, if just watching the movie isn't enough, Ambercrombie and Kent is giving you the opportunity to live it.
“The islands of the Galapagos offer an opportunity to interact with the natural world to a degree that’s virtually impossible anywhere else,” A&K’s Ian Mackinnon says. “[Wonders of the Galápagos lets you] swim and snorkel with sea lions and turtles. Stroll past colonies of penguins and blue-footed boobies. Imagine yourself as Charles Darwin seeing a tortoise for the first time. Every island is unique; it’s no wonder Darwin was changed by his time there.”
It's that time of year again, and we're not talking about NY Fashion Week or Awards Season. For Southern New Englanders, February mean the return of bald eagles who come back to hunt for herring and other fish in their native rivers. The greatest concentration of eagles is on the lower reaches of the Connecticut River, near Essex, Connecticut, thanks to a 1972 anti-pollution law that brought back a variety of fish.
The Connecticut River Museum is now offering 90 minute Eagle Tours aboard Project Oceanology's Envirolab III through March 14th. The mission of Project Oceanology is to nurture interest and enthusiasm for the planet's marine life. The tour includes educational information from one of the museum's naturalists and is appropriate for all ages. Cruises leave the museum dock Fridays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $35 for museum members and $40 for nonmembers. Call (860) 767-8269 to make a reservation.