So for the last few weeks I have been posting gift ideas for some of the outdoor tribes I know. Backpackers, canyoneers, and runners. For the last post of the series I wanted to talk about non-gifts, to give. Yeah I know it is a little confusing, but let me explain. I am talking about the gifts that you give, that don't cost anything (except for maybe your time). These are the gifts that benefit others, but in a unconventional way.
- Take Someone Outside- Just get out on the trails with someone. Surely you know that person who has never hiked, backpacked, climbed, etc. Quite possibly they are intimidated by the experience, or are just unsure of how to get started. Obviously be smart about where you take someone, not everyone is ready for your version of fun. In reality it shouldn't matter, because this isn't about you. It is about getting that individual out to enjoy or experience what you already know. Who knows what fire you might ignite in them.
- Donate your Time- There are an endless number of organizations around th world that are seeking volunteers to assist with environmental causes. Find something that speaks to you and volunteer some time. There are even organizations like Volunteer Outdoor Arizona that host overnight and multi-day service projects. If this is too much to commit to find other opportunities like the City of Phoenix Park Stewards program. This program allows you to volunteer in small chunks at the city's mountain preserves. Even if you can't commit to these programs, you can easily head out on your local trail and remove trash, this is always needed with popular parks.
- Support a Cause- Sometimes money is tight and you can't make a monetary contribution to your favorite cause. By doing social media blast on your pages you can help spread the word. Chances are there is someone who can support the organization. Spreading the word is an excellent method for supporting the causes that are close to you.
- Share the Outdoors- Social media platforms are excellent for sharing stories or pictures of beautiful places. Doing so can easily inspire others to pursue their hidden passion. Anytime you can promote nature in a positive light, it is a win. Show people how amazing it can be to be outdoors, and you just may inspire them to experience for themselves.