Welcome to this week’s Wild Wednesday nature hike for kids and families!  Today, Maggie Johnston from Camp McDowell explores with us in the Bankhead National Forest.  Before the video starts, grab a pencil and a piece of paper so that you can join in the fun activity that Maggie has for us! Even when we…

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It was in October 2009 that Wild South’s first Premier Volunteer was named and awarded with a fine sourwood walking stick harvested, crafted and engraved by former Alabama Programs Manager Mark Kolinski.  That first Wild South volunteer to be honored was Ted Kuzma.  Every year since then, Wild South staff has given serious deliberation to…

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It’s Wild Wednesday time at Wild South!  Welcome to our very first Wild Wednesday video.  We are conducting our annual summertime nature hikes for kids and families in the Bankhead National Forest in Alabama a little differently this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Join us by watching a series of Wild Wednesday videos we…

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Lost Cove Hike

The big trees, tall cliffs, beautiful waterfalls, and pristine trout waters of Harper Creek and Lost Cove need your help! Before June 29, join Wild South as we ask the US Forest Service to continue protecting these special places.  Use this convenient online form to make your voice heard.  Let USFS know Harper Creek and Lost Cove deserve permanent protection. Right…

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Wild South Buff Wild South is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following USDA and CDC public health guidance as we develop new volunteer protocols.  Although face masks and labor-intensive work in the summer heat are not a friendly mix, we believe it is important to take every step necessary to ensure…

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Jon has been adventuring with Wild South in Linville Gorge Wilderness for 8 years and has logged over 4,000 volunteer hours.  He loves to explore the steep terrain of the Gorge and names Shortoff Mountain as one of his favorite places. When asked to share one of his favorite Wild South memories, Jon said… “Hauling tires…

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The first anniversary of Sid Burgess’s now famous adventure and ultimately successful rescue in the Sipsey Wilderness of north Alabama is April 6.  Sid has written the compelling story of the four days and three nights he wandered wet, cold and lost exactly one year ago in the Sipsey Wilderness.  We at Wild South are…

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  Forest love starts for many of us when we are carried outside before we can even walk by adults who feel drawn to be in the wildest places they can get to.  Sometimes that wildest place is a backyard or park; sometimes it is a national or state park or national forest; sometimes it is…

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At Wild South, our first concern is always the well-being and safety of our volunteers, participants and staff, both in and out of the forests in which we work. We share a common concern over the recent spread of the coronavirus and want to assure you that we are implementing precautions and taking the appropriate…

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This summer, Wild South sat down with Anne Bailey, producer and director of Present Tense Podcast, to find out more about her inspiring series, “The Fight for Alabama’s Last Wild Places.” This 13-episode work tells the stories of the original activists who fought to protect the Bankhead National Forest many years ago. Anne is an…

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