Getting wild with no regrets

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Settling into campus life comes with tons of things to do. Be sure to add “experiencing wilderness” to your list.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home, that wilderness is a necessity” — said the naturalist John Muir. Okay, so that was 113 years ago. But if wilderness was a necessity then, what is it now, with all the pressures of technology, social media, midterms, roommates, assignments, and internships?

This month is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which permanently protects millions of acres of wilderness — and your space to exercise, de-stress, bond with friends, and experience the gorgeousness of America (and yourself) in different ways.

Take a few minutes now to learn about nature getaways near you. Then when you really want a break, you’ll know where to find it. Admission at national parks is free on September 27 (National Public Lands Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day).

What’s your nature?

Find your local wilderness and events honoring 50 years of the Wilderness Act.