Hike in Nature and Plan Your Own Eco-Vacation

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 1:39pm

In her wise and elegant new book, “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants,” Dr. Jane Goodall with Gail Hudson, blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us. Continuing their exploration here, Dr. Goodall provides ideas and inspiration for what readers can do to get involved in and protect the world of plants.

Hiking allows you to spend time with the plant kingdom, observe wildlife, visit ancient trees, get exercise and reduce stress. Here are some ways to be mindful of plants while hiking:
  • Protect yourself and the local plant life by staying on designated trails.
  • Do not pick flowers or remove plants from their habitat.
  • Walk single-file to avoid widening the trail and encroaching on local plant life.
  • Wash your gear before and after a hike to avoid the spread of invasive species.
  • Do not carve into trees — you may damage the vascular tissue, which carries the nutrients from roots to leaves.
  • Watch where you step; particularly when you are photographing plants.
  • Be careful that you do not place a tripod or other camera equipment on the roots of a plant.
For your upcoming summer excursions, see how you can plan your own eco-vacation by contacting the International Ecotourism Society or Sustainable Travel International for a list of eco-tourism spots around the world, where responsible business practices are proving a success for people as well as the planet.

To learn more about Dr. Goodall’s new book, please visit the “Seeds of Hope” page at www.janegoodall.org/seedsofhope. Have you missed some of our earlier blog posts? Don’t worry, see all of them below!



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