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It is time for a trail highlight! Check out this write up on Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center from our very own Backyard Guide, Sarah De Leon. As is the whole point of ExploreMore, there really is SO much to discover right in your own backyard. Like the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center for instance. Just 20 minutes south of Dallas, in the same area as Cedar Hill SP and Cedar Ridge Preserve, the Dogwood Center is the lesser known beauty of the area. With over 200 acres of plants and wildlife from east, west, and central Texas, the center is home to...

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Grounding (also known as earthing) has shown to have many mental and physical health benefits. The earth has a natural charge and many studies have shown that when we have direct contact with the earth, our bodies respond positively. In reviews published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health and The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine chronic pain patients reported improved sleep, subjects saw improved skin conductivity, moderated heart rate variability, improved glucose regulation, reduced stress and boosted immunity. Even more studies show lowered risk of heart disease, reduced stress and regulation in all areas of the body....

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One of the most common questions I get is what kind of shoes do you need to go hiking. Well that really depends on your personal needs, where you are going and how long you will be exploring. In this video, I do a quick summary of the 3 main shoe types. Hiking boots, hiking shoes or trail runners and water shoes or camp shoes. I personally save my hiking boots for long backpacking trips or really rocky terrain. I use my trail runners to most for day hikes and I use my water shoes for river crossings and to...

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Written by Haley Cottey On April 22nd, 1970, millions of Americans rallied on the first Earth Day from coast to coast to demonstrate their shared value for a healthy and sustainable environment. Organized protests took place all over the country to protest businesses, factories and power plants that were polluting and contributing to loss of wildlife and wilderness. Those with few other commonalities stood side by side to show that our earth is for us all no matter our political, spiritual, or economic alignment. In 1969, Santa Barbara, California suffered from a massive oil spill which led US Senator Gaylord Nelson...

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Written by: Haley Cottey Walking barefoot, or earthing; is no longer something “only hippies do”. Research is showing that earthing can have many benefits such as pain relief, improved fitness and balance, lowered stress and increased immune system. Fitness and Balance Our feet are responsible for a large portion our balance, support and mobility and there are over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in our feet alone. How many of those muscles are immobilized by tennis shoes? When you run, do you think your feet are doing as much work as they were designed to do? Many studies have shown...

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