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Expedition Eve

The van is mostly packed. Looks like hot days and cold nights. Everyone is excited about the expedition. We meet at Mt Scott in the morning. We’ve been working non-stop all week to make this thing happen. Did some shopping this morning for food, but plan to have the team do the rest in Madras. Trying not to forget the field glasses so we can get some great views of the stars from 6500 feet. Don’t forget fire wood and extra blankets.

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More from our friends at NCLI:

We are pleased to report that environmental education won a major boost today when the U.S. House of Representatives approved the No Child Left Inside Act of 2008.

The bill received bipartisan support and was approved by a vote of 294 to 108.

Quite awesome, indeed. Show them your support here, and thanks!

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Known as the “Sage of the Desert,” Reub Long was a true Oregon original. His family ranch near Fort Rock in the Central Oregon desert is the site of a prehistoric cave where a pair of very very very very old sandals were found in the early part of the 20th century. With luck and good weather, the GOA expedition this weekend will visit the site. Maybe we’ll read some Reub Long stories as well.

See some of his photos here.

"Did I ever tell you the story about this old ram's head?"

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We’re working like crazy to prepare for the expedition this weekend with a group from Mt Scott Learning Center. I’ve been monitoring the weather forecast for a week now, and it looks like it’s shaping up to be a classic fall atmosphere of sunny warm skies in the day, clear and cool at night, but not too freezing cold. You never know though. It’s one thing to¬† watch the weather on the tv news, quite another to spend threee days outdoors when summer is long gone. Yesterday, during interviews with the students, I was pleasantly surprised at the motivation they express for this adventure. One young man has never been camping before, never slept in a tent, but comes with a strong references from his teachers.

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The United States House of Representatives will be voting on the No Child Left Inside Act of 2008 this week. If you believe that it is important for every student to learn about their connection to nature and their impact on the environment, make contact now! You can e-mail your representative asking for their support, or if you are able, pick up the phone and let them know how important it is to the future of our country and our planet. Tell them to vote “Yes” on H.R. 3036.

Get to it!

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Love our Oregon coast, and want to keep help it clean? Here’s your big chance. The Ocean Conservancy’s “International Coastal Cleanup” day is this Saturday, Sept. 20. Go here to learn more about this great event, and to join in the effort.

A couple of fun facts:

1. Volunteers record every piece of trash found, trace it back to the person who left it, then they go to their house and give them dirty looks.

2. Last year, volunteers cleaned up 6 million pounds of garbage worldwide. Hope none of it was yours?

So sign up to help keep the Oregon Coast one of the world’s most beautiful places, then write and tell us what you thought about the experience!

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Greetings, adventurers. We’re happy to have you along.

Since 2004, we’ve been leading teens and ‘tweens on expeditions into the wilds of Oregon, Utah, and Idaho, and asking that they write about, photograph and draw what they see there.

One of the fruits of our labor is our magazine, for which we are currently seeking submissions. Email us for more info, about that or about anything you wish.

Check back often to our new little blog for links, thoughts, ideas, news, action items, and whatever else we can think of that has to do with youth and the great outdoors.

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