For nearly 142 years, Luray Caverns, among the largest cave in the eastern United States, had remained open to the public for visits. That is, until March 17 of this year, when the Commonwealth of Virginia ordered non-essential businesses, including Luray Caverns, to close to slow the spread of COVID-19, ending a streak of…

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  A tremendous amount of variety exists in the world of outdoor sculpture parks. New York’s world-famous Storm King Art Center, for example, draws curious art lovers to its facility, where larger-than-life works loom across a property hundreds of acres in size. Meanwhile, town and city parks like the Clifton Municipal Arts Center in Clifton,…

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  The Great American Outdoors Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation signed by President Trump on Tuesday, August 4, will provide as much as $1.9 billion annually to address the massive backlog of maintenance projects on federal public lands—including national parks, forests, and refuges—and will permanently fund a federal program that has supported outdoor conservation in…

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  From his backyard in Augusta, Maine, astronomer Jon Silverman can look into the night sky and see light emitted from stars hundreds, thousands, even millions of years ago. Anyone can. All it takes to see light coming from, say, the Andromeda Galaxy, our closest galactic neighbor at 2.5 million light-years away, is a simple pair…

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Three months after many Americans began physical distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19, most states are beginning the slow process of reopening their economies and public spaces. For outdoor enthusiasts, this means a return to some natural recreational areas that haven’t been accessible for the last several months. But despite the urge to get…

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