Cranberry Wilderness, Monongahela Nat’l Forest (WV), 2011

I recently came across these words in a book I’ve been reading:

“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Well put. Each time I step into the woods for a week with Wilderness Volunteers, I find myself slowing down, reconnecting, and rediscovering. It’s a priceless experience, and it’s just one of many reasons to lace up your boots, strap on a pack, and head off on an adventure service project with Wilderness Volunteers. With week-long volunteer service trips in national parks, forests, and wilderness areas from Hawaii to Alaska, Maine to New Mexico and most everywhere in between, there’s a trip for everyone and plenty of earth and soil in need of digging and tending!

I’ll be swinging a pulaski and tending the trail in West Virginia’s Dolly Sods Wilderness in early October – just in time to catch the onset of the incredible autumn colors in some beautiful country. It’s reinvigorating just thinking about it and sure to be memorable.

But you don’t have to take my word for it – take Gandhi’s. And rediscover the great outdoors and yourself this year. Join WV in “Giving Something Back” on any one of the 50+ volunteer service trips available in 2012. Check out the complete project list and sign up here.

P.S. For more on the rejuvenating powers of WV, read self-proclaimed “WV Junkie” Nancy Cappelloni’s account in the Winter 2011 newsletter.