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The Health Benefits of Green Spaces

5 Health Benefits of Our Green Spaces

Studies show that green space and landscaping contribute to health, happiness, and intellect.

It’s natural to long for spring when it’s cold outside. But did you know, there’s a good reason why you may pine for green? Living landscapes are an important part of the outdoor lifestyle that Americans enjoy, but the benefits go beyond the barbeque and backyard baseball. Green spaces are necessary for your health.

“The advantages of grass and landscaping surpass the usual physical benefits that result from outdoor activity,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). “Numerous studies have found that people who spend more time outside or are exposed to living landscapes are happier, healthier and smarter.”

Researchers have studied the impact of nature on human well-being for years, but recent studies have found a more direct correlation between human health, particularly related to stress, and the importance of people’s access to nature and managed landscapes.

Getting dirty is actually good for you. Soil is the new Prozac, according to Dr. Christopher Lowry, a neuroscientist at the University of Bristol in England. Mycobacterium vaccae in soil mirrors the effect on neurons that Prozac provides. The bacterium stimulates serotonin production, which explains why people who spend time gardening and have direct contact with soil feel more relaxed and happier.

Children who are raised on farms in a “dirtier” environment than an urban setting not only have a stronger immune system but are also better able to manage social stress, according to the National Academy of Sciences.

Living near living landscapes can improve your mental health. Researchers in England found that people moving to greener areas experienced an immediate improvement in mental health that was sustained for at least three years after they moved. The study also showed that people relocating to a more developed area suffered a drop in mental health.

Greening of vacant urban areas in Philadelphia reduced feelings of depression by 41.5% and reduced poor mental health by 62.8% for those living near the vacant lots, according to a study by a research team.

Green spaces can make you healthier too. People who live within a half mile of green space (such parks, public gardens, and greenways) were found to have a lower incidence of fifteen diseases by Dutch researchers — including depression, anxiety, heart disease, diabetes, asthma and migraines.

A 2015 study found that people living on streets with more trees had a boost in heart and metabolic health. Studies show that tasks conducted under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, yielding a higher quality result. Spending time in gardens, for instance, can improve memory performance and attention span by 20%.

Living landscapes make you smarter. Children gain attention and working memory benefits when they are exposed to greenery, says a study led by Payam Dadvand of the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona. In addition, exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in children.

This applies to adults as well. Research has also shown that being around plants helps you concentrate better at home and at work. Charlie Hall, Ellison Chair in International Floriculture believes that spending time in gardens can improve attention span and memory performance by as much as 20 percent.

A National Institute of Health study found that adults demonstrate significant cognitive gains after going on a nature walk. In addition, a Stanford University study found that walking in nature, rather than a concrete-oriented, urban environment, resulted in decreased anxiety, rumination, and negative affect, and produced cognitive benefits, such as increased working memory performance.

Living landscapes help you heal faster. Multiple studies have discovered that plants in hospital recovery rooms or views of aesthetically-pleasing gardens help patients heal up to one day faster than those who are in more sterile or austere environments.

Physicians are now prescribing time outdoors for some patients, according to recent reports. Park Rx America is a non-profit with a mission to encourage physicians to prescribe doses of nature.

All of these benefits reinforce the importance of maintaining our yards, parks and other community green spaces. Trees, shrubs, grass, and flowering plants are integral to human health. Not only do they provide a place for kids and pets to play, they directly contribute to our mental and physical well-being.

More information can be found at www.SaveLivingLandscapes.com

The Underline Ceremony

WHO/WHAT: Friends of the Underline groundbreaking ceremony of Phase 1 benefiting the planned 10-mile urban trail, linear neighborhood park and living art destination. That morning, The Underline will have program speakers such as the Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, President and CEO, Meg Daly, and DTPW Director, Alice N. Bravo. There will be a celebration after the ceremony presented by Swire Properties at La Centrale, Miami’s premier food hall.

 WHERE: Groundbreaking: Below Metrorail by the south shore of the Miami River     Celebration: La Centrale, Brickell City Centre, 601 S. Miami Ave, (Second floor)

WHEN: Thursday, November 1st | 10:00 – 11:00 am

INTERVIEW OPPS:

·         Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor

·         Meg Daly, President/CEO, Friends of The Underline 501C3 non-profit

·         Alice N. Bravo, DTPW Director, P.E.

About The Underline

The Underline is a planned 10-mile urban trail, linear neighborhood park and living art destination that will span from the Miami River, north of Brickell Metrorail station, to Dadeland South. The Underline project will feature dedicated bike and pedestrian paths, amenities, art, lighting, native vegetation as well as safety features and improvements at road crossings, as well as community-based health and wellness, cultural and educational programming. The Underline, built in phases, beginning in the Brickell area. For more information visit, www.theunderline.org and/or follow them on social on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, you can check out their website at Theunderline.com

 About Friends of The Underline

Friends of The Underline is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression to create a safer, healthier, more connected, mobile and engaged community. The Underline will be open to all and serve all with amenities and art that will connect people to place and each other. 

Starlight Xperience for Children

Starlight Children’s Foundation, an organization whose mission is to create moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families, unveiled today its newest initiative, Starlight XperienceTM virtual reality, a groundbreaking new technology program that offers millions of seriously ill children a fun and exciting way to explore the world and beyond through the magic of VR.

To watch a video on Starlight Xperience and how it helps kids, please see here.

Built for the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream, Starlight Xperience features a state-of-the-art and hospital-ready headset that comes preloaded with age-appropriate and dynamic content geared toward entertainment and distraction for hospitalized kids, which has been specifically modified to meet strict infection safety protocols for use in hospital settings. Pre-loaded content includes educational field trips to exotic locations through Google Expeditions and Street View, fun interactive stories like Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay by ILMxLAB, and Lola and the Giant, popular apps such as Ocean Rift and Hello Mars, and meditation exercises and therapeutic games such as Relax VR, which allows the patient to escape into beautiful environments.

Starlight Xperience was created in collaboration with Founding Sponsor, Star Wars: Force for Change, the charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company that harnesses the power of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Through grant funding provided by The Walt Disney Company and Niagara Cares – the philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling – as well as charitable donations from grassroots donors, Starlight Xperience will be provided at no cost to Starlight’s network of more than 800 children’s hospitals and other health care facilities across the US.

“We believe Starlight Xperience has the potential to transform the hospital experience for millions of seriously ill children and their families,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “We’re thrilled to stand beside The Walt Disney Company, Google, Lenovo and Niagara Cares in unveiling this exciting new program, which is the latest evolution in our 35-year history of bringing innovative entertainment technologies to hospitalized kids.”

“Providing these unique entertainment experiences reflects our commitment to bring comfort during what can be difficult times for kids and families. This is part of our Disney Team of Heroes initiative, which includes a $100 million commitment to children’s hospitals,” said Elissa Margolis, senior vice president, Enterprise Social Responsibility for The Walt Disney Company. “The collaboration with Google and Lenovo is the perfect blend of technology and content that we’ll be able to deliver to kids during their hospital stay.”

“Our goal has always been to create virtual reality experiences that are accessible, useful, and relevant to as many people as possible,” said Amit Singh, VP of Business & Operations for AR & VR at Google. “Starlight Xperience is a shining example of that goal coming to life in a really great way. We’re thrilled to be able to support Starlight in bringing transporting VR experiences to hospitalized children across the country.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Starlight and Google to bring technology to hospitalized children in their time of need. Helping to provide a solution for the children and their families allows us to truly make a difference for the better,” said Gunjan Shah, general manager for North America Smart Devices at Lenovo.

Starlight Xperience was developed in part through a series of grants provided by Starlight to the CHARIOT program (short for Childhood Anxiety Reduction through Innovation and Technology) at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. CHARIOT implements new technologies in the hospital that are nontraditional yet familiar to children to engage and distract them during stressful or painful procedures, keeping clinical usage in mind and improving upon the typical hospital experience. This past summer, Starlight Xperience was soft launched and tested at five children’s hospitals: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minn., and Texas Children’s Hospital.

“At Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, virtual reality has been a fantastic addition for our patients,” said Chantel Barney, Ph.D., a clinical scientist who leads Gillette’s VR program. “In some instances, we’ve been able to curb the anxiety and fears our kids typically experience during procedures such as blood draws, transfusions, wound cleanings, casting and more. It’s a wonderful distraction for kids and parents alike.”

“We’re proud to support Starlight Xperience and look forward to bringing smiles to the faces of hospitalized children through this educational and inspirational program,” said Andrew Peykoff II, President and CEO, Niagara Bottling. “This technology makes learning fun and we’re excited to expand the program to even more children.”

Thanks to the grants provided by The Walt Disney Company and Niagara Cares, in addition to the generosity of charitable donations from individuals, Starlight is on track to deliver up to 1,000 Starlight Xperience kits to its network of hospital partners by the end of 2018, with a goal of doubling that by the end of 2019. A donation to Starlight will entertain, educate and inspire hospitalized kids across the US through stimulating immersive experiences that transport children from the hospital to any place in the world – or beyond – through the magic of virtual reality.

The public is invited to learn more and support the program online at www.starlight.org/starlight-xperience.

ABOUT STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
Starlight creates moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families. For 35 years, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. With your help, more kids and their families will enjoy Starlight Gowns, Starlight Fun Centers and other Starlight programs at a children’s hospital or facility near you. Support Starlight’s work by visiting www.starlight.org and by following Starlight on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

ABOUT STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE
Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, harnesses the strength of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Since 2014, it was inspired by Star Wars fans, and the countless hours they have dedicated to philanthropy over the past four decades. To date, over $16 million has been raised for charitable causes around the world on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change. With a bright future ahead, and new Star Wars stories to be told, Force for Change aims to continue collaborating with causes and encouraging others to be forces for change in their own community. To learn more, please visit ForceForChange.com.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified worldwide entertainment company with operations in four business segments: Media Networks; Studio Entertainment; Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products; and Direct-to-Consumer and International. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $55.1 billion in its Fiscal Year 2017.

ABOUT LENOVO
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$45 billion Fortune Global 500 company and a global technology leader in driving Intelligent Transformation through smart devices and infrastructure that create the best user experience. Lenovo manufactures one of the world’s widest portfolios of connected products, including smartphones, tablets, PCs (ThinkPad, Yoga, Lenovo Legion), data centers and workstations as well as AR/VR devices and smart home/office solutions. Lenovo works to inspire the difference in everyone and build a smarter future where everyone thrives. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Weibo, read about the latest news via our Storyhub, or visit our website at http://www.lenovo.com/.

ABOUT NIAGARA CARES
Niagara Cares, a philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling, is committed to supporting local and national community initiatives serving children and families in need by engaging stakeholders and investing its resources. Niagara Cares efforts include national strategic partnerships, local community grants, employee engagement, volunteerism and the Andrew D. Peykoff, Sr. Scholarship Program. For more information, visit www.niagarawater.com/niagara-cares.

Fairfield, California

If you haven’t had a chance to jump into an adventure this summer, then now is the chance to travel to Fairfield, California! Best known for their Jelly Belly Factory and Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Fairfield has many attractions to offer. It is a vibrant area surrounded with parks, golf courses, wildlife, and wine! Take one of the many tours that are offered including a talk with a brewing expert, or a behind the scenes into how Jelly Belly makes their famous jelly beans. Spend the day checking out the Western Railway Museum, the Suisun Marsh, shopping, wine tasting or filling up your day with entertainment and have some locally made dinner later on in the evening.

Visit https://www.visitfairfieldca.com/ for more information!

TRIBAL TRAVEL × MENDO STYLE

TREND IN MULTI-GENERATIONAL AND SKIP-GEN TRAVEL ON UPSWING AS FAMILIES MINE MOMENTS VERSUS MEMES; DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT IS THE NEW FAMILY MANTRA

– FROM RANCH STAYS TO LUXURY BUY-OUTS, MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFERS A VARIETY OF OPTIONS –

Families today are seeking more than sand and sea to check off the annual vacation list. According to U.S. Travel & World Report+, multigenerational vacations continue to be the leading industry-wide trend in 2017/2018 with education, culture and nature-based trips taking a front seat. National parks are high on the to-do list as well, providing groups with a serene backdrop to reflect and reconnect.

From luxury lodges to working ranches and cozy cabins kissed by ancient redwoods, Mendocino County is the ideal playground for this growing getaway trend. Sporting 90 miles of classic California shoreline, 24 state and national parks and a creative line-up of lodging options and excursions, this Northern California destination is big on bonding, be it with Mother Nature or Aunt Nellie. www.VisitMendocino.com.

+U.S. Travel & World Report – Nine Travel Trends to Watch in 2017/2018.

JUST ADD WATER

Set along Scenic Highway 1 in the hamlet of Elk (population: 208), the new Harbor House Inn is an ideal buy-out with nine guestrooms, a head-turning chef (Matt Kammerer/Saison, San Francisco), 30-seat restaurant and a line-up of activities keen on keeping kids off the tablet and into the tribe.   Built in 1916 as a luxury escape shrouded by ancient redwood forests, the inn debuts in May 2018 with staggering Pacific views, guestrooms set in a modern palette and bespoke excursions including group fungi foraging, sea kayaking, horseback riding and morning yoga. www.theharborhouseinn.com.

Fort Bragg’s newest gem – Noyo Harbor Inn – is ready for its close-up with 15 guestrooms and the added plus of an ideal base for local exploring. Extended families will feel at home here with rich cherry wood interiors, original oil paintings and commanding views of the working harbor. The lively restaurant focuses on fish-to-fork and a variety of seasonal activities – from whale watching to sea kayaking, foraging, hiking and rebooting among the redwoods – round out a visit. In nearby Fort Bragg, scouting Glass Beach, horseback riding at Richochet Ranch or an optional tastingat North Coast Brewing Company is on tap for the adults on board. www.noyoharborinn.com.

For a slice of vintage California beat it to Big Bend Lodge and cabins. Set in northern Mendocino County, the remote resort is the ideal Rx for families seeking a reboot. The private drive delivers nine 1940s cottage-style lodgings with colorful kitschy interiors, decks, barbeques and fully equipped kitchens. Set on the south fork of the Eel River, this is the spot to relive those retro family forays or create new ones. On site is the requisite deep swimming hole, old oak tree swing and miles of meandering river for all-day floats; what’s purposely missing are televisions, Wi-Fi and cell service making a stay here truly unplugged. www.bigbendlodge.com.

Pack those boots and a pole and head inland via Mendocino’s Inspiration Highway (101) north of Ukiah to Leonard Lake Reserve. Here families can nurture among nature on 4,000 acres of private property and Mendocino County’s largest natural lake. Think bass tourneys, naturalist hikes, ‘smores and star gazing. A variety of cabins and guest lodgings dot the site, accommodating up to 50. Morning hikes to the nearby falls are a perfect starter, as are day games on the expansive grounds. www.leonardlakereservellc.com.

RENT THE RANCH

Families with fat wallets will find solace along the sea at The Inn at Newport Ranch, a new 2,000-acre private preserve and cattle ranch fusing luxury lodging with off-the-charts pampering.   Set along the Pacific just north of Fort Bragg, the inn offers seven unique guestrooms, an onsite chef and dining room seating 28, daily ATV tours, horseback riding and daily alfresco wine and canapes as the sun sets.  An architectural passion project, the main guesthouse features heavy use of custom redwood paneling up to five feet wide with flooring set in 30-inch old growth redwood planks.  Design standouts include a 20-foot wide walk-in stone fireplace, a building supported by 24 individual redwood trees from base to cathedral-like ceiling and hot tub perched atop of the water tower with commanding views of sea. For children under 14, full two-day buy-out required. www.theinnatnewportranch.com.

At the other end of the dollar drop is Howard Creek Ranch, an 1867 Registered Historic

Site and heavenly hideaway set on 60 oceanfront acres just north of Westport. An original land grant for sheep and cattle farming, today, horses, sheep, llama and pygmy goats graze the pastures. The ultimate family fun camp, the ranch offers award-winning gardens, fireplaces and wood stoves, a 75-foot swinging foot bridge, hot tubs, hiking, sauna, massage, horseback riding and the warm embrace of 1,000-year old redwood trees. On site are nine guest accommodations set in a meandering 1871 farmhouse as well as a smattering of private cottages overlooking the sea with large comfortable beds, antiques and a sumptuous daily cowboy breakfast. www.howardcreekranch.com.

PLOW FOR CHOW

For a return-to-roots foray with a strong farm-to-table ethos, Emandal sits on 1,000 prime acres. Set along three miles of the meandering Eel River, this nature-driven camp is an ideal safety net for families offering seasonal Farm Stays (a lively farm chore program including daily egg gathering, cow milking, berry picking, vegetable harvesting and pickling), Art Camp and Family Camps. The secluded 19 redwood cabins built between 1910 and 1925 set the stage for a fun group environment complete with daily meals, cold spring running water, electricity and absolutely no cell service. The back-to-basics balance includes plenty of time to swim, play games and scout more than 1,000 miles of dedicated hiking trails. www.emandal.com.

Inland in Ukiah Valley, Yokayo Ranch is a laid back California-style working ranch retreat set on 40 pristine acres. Rent the ranch – which can accommodate 20+ overnight – and dig into the adjoining Yokayo Roots Farm, a farm-to-table experience tilled by draft horses, or a day of yoga, hiking and barbeque under the stars.   Nearby, adults can mine the multitude of local wineries, visit the home of Seabiscuit at Ridgewood Ranch or meander deep into the outback to Orr Hot Springs for a soak in full-out serenity. www.yokayoranch.com.

Just two hours north of San Francisco Bay Area in bucolic Potter Valley, the Oak Granary steps up with 300 acres of rolling hills, diverse wildland, mixed conifer forests and a working ranch community driven by nature-based learning. Located one half mile from Mendocino National Forest, visitors can commune with tule elk, giant redwoods and oak savannah or visit the Learning Garden for a lesson about our ecological food chain from seed to table. This nonprofit environmental education center is certain to feed the minds of any budding naturalist. The rustic-chic facilities include a Farm House (sleeps 10), Hill House (sleeps 4) and classic steel dairy barn for larger events. www.oakgranary.org.

INTO THE REDWOODS

Off the tablet and into the woods… late 2017 marked the debut of The Brambles, a contradictory no-camp campground experience set on 12 acres in the heart of an ancient redwood grove. Located in the small enclave of Philo, off wine-centric Highway 128 in Anderson Valley, this new outpost – with a keen eye for the environment – features two original Homestead and Logging Cabins nestled below a towering redwood grove. The Front Door and Back Porch (each sleeps two) offer stunning views of Burly Grove and its most curious feature, the Pachyderm Tree.  Up Mill Ridge and overlooking the lush forest, Faller’s Cabin (sleeps two) and the Logger’s Cabin (sleeps four) round out the current guest accommodations. Coming soon, guests will bewowed by a creative mix of additional tree houses, bungalows and cabin lodgings set in a late 1800s stick and shingle style architecture sporting a Steampunk design influence. www.themadrones.com/the-brambles.

Continue north and slither into Mendocino Magic, the stop for glamping under the stars. Set on a private 600-acre reserve, sites include hot outdoor showers, solar lighting, queen sized beds with linens and plenty of redwood power. There are 15 diverse camp themes to choose from including Bucket Pond and Bear Mountain, offering just the right Rx for extended tribes ready to dive into dense forests, lily ponds and refreshing streams. www.mendocinomagic.com.

In its second year following a full sell-out, Mendocino Grove is the stop for modern camping with an edge. Tucked on 37 redwood-rich acres just a quarter mile from the village of Mendocino, this unplug-meets-unreal outpost boasts 60 safari-style tents, fully outfitted comfy queen beds, down comforters, cotton linens and sling back chairs. For larger groups, the Family Tents offer a queen plus twins or bunk beds (sleeps six). Each tent is housed on a wooden platform with a redwood deck, leather butterfly-chairs and enough space to call it your own. Hot showers, gas barbeques, picnic tables, fire rings and activities such as bocce ball, horse shoes, hiking and hammock time are also on tap. www.mendocinogrove.com.

BACKGROUND

Mendocino County welcomes nearly 1.8 million visitors annually who explore its 90 miles of prime Pacific coastline, 90+ wineries and 10 diverse AVAs (earning the highest percentage of organic and biodynamic vineyards in the United States), 24 state/national parklands and 450+ unique accommodations. Straddling scenic Highways 1 and 101, “The Redwood Corridor,” the County delivers an ideal vortex of waves, wines and redwoods laced with historic villages and outback adventures. Located 114 mi./184 km. north of San Francisco, the region’s gateway airports are San Francisco International (SFO), Oakland International (OAK), Sacramento International Airport (SMF), and Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS). Visit Mendocino County is a non-profit destination marketing organization designed to enhance the economic vitality of the community by increasing tourism revenue. For more information, visit www.VisitMendocino.com.

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New Trips × Austin Adventures

Dan Austin has been a busy man. Coming off what has been Austin Adventures’ best year ever, the company is poised to achieve new heights in 2018 while launching something totally fresh, innovative and important. But more on that later. First, let’s look at what else is new for 2018. 

  • New Trips and Destinations! They’ve added a lineup of 11 new domestic and international itineraries that represent one of the most impressive expansions in the company’s nearly four-decade history. New multisport trips will be offered in the US & Canada, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. Check out the exciting lineup at https://www.austinadventures.com/new-2018-departures/.
  • New Women-Only Adventures. Led by acclaimed guide and outdoors woman Kasey Austin, the company has announced three brand-new, action-packed itineraries created just for women for the 2018 season. Destinations include Costa Rica, Utah’s Bryce & Zion National Parks and Montana’s Yellowstone Country. “Women are taking on the world of adventure travel by storm!” – Austin.
  • Travel Agent Bookings Have Doubled! A dedicated focus on the travel trade has paid off and 2018 stands to be another record-breaking year for agent bookings. Being an active member of Virtuoso Network as a Preferred Tour Operator and Partner has been a major factor in this growth.
  • New Consumer-Friendly Reservation Policies. Guests can now change their minds 14 days from booking and more than 90 days out and still get a full refund. Plus, there are softer policies on cancelling or transferring to another trip 45+ days out. Their industry-best money-back satisfaction guarantee is still in place. 

Ready for some BIG news for 2018? Now remember, this is just a teaser and more details will be announced in January along with a more formal launch. Austin Adventures is teaming up with the leading lifestyle brand Life is Good™ to offer a series of ‘Life is Good Vacations’ which will create transformative travel experiences connected to nature and rooted in the practice of joy and optimism. See: http://info.austinadventures.com/life-is-good-partnership/.

“Life is truly good. Let’s enjoy it and expand our possibilities by exploring and experiencing compelling destinations in a manner both positive, rewarding and empowering,” explains Dan Austin. Four tour locations have been scheduled for 2018: Montana, Utah, Canadian Rockies and Costa Rica.

 

NYRP 21st Annual Hulaween Event

SAVE THE DATE! 

Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project to Host 21st Annual Hulaween Event

October 30th at NYC’s Majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine

JOIN NYRP FOUNDER BETTE MIDLERMUSICAL GUEST JON BON JOVI & FRIENDS, AND SPECIAL GUEST DITA VON TEESE

As one of the City’s Most Iconic Cathedrals Transforms Into a Garden of Earthly Delights!

*HOSTED BY COMEDIENNE JUDY GOLD, WITH COSTUME JUDGE MICHAEL KORS & MUSIC BY DJ RUNNA*

 

Evening Will Honor 

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman Alphabet, Inc. and David Evans Shaw, Managing Partner, Black Point Group

     

   

 

New York Restoration Project (NYRP), founded by award-winning singer, entertainer, actress and green activist Bette Midler, will celebrate over two decades of beautifying New York’s urban environment with its annual Halloween party, Hulaween. On Monday, October 30th, one of New York City’s most iconic cathedrals – Cathedral of St. John the Divine – will be transformed into a Garden of Earthly Delights, brought to life by mastermind Douglas Little, the visual storyteller behind Bergdorf Goodman’s most spectacular windows. Dita Von Teese will perform one of her signature burlesque pieces during the cocktail hour.Comedienne Judy Gold is the host for the evening, which will feature special entertainment by Jon Bon Jovi & Friends. Fashion Phenom Michael Kors will once again judge the always popular costume contest, and DJ Runna will provide music throughout the night. This year’s honorees are Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman – Alphabet, Inc. and David Evans Shaw, Managing Partner, Black Point Group, both of whom exhibit exemplary environmental stewardship and the ability to affect innovative change.


Tickets and more info can be found by calling Buckley Hall Events, 914-579-1000

 

ABOUT NEW YORK RESTORATION PROJECT

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization driven by the conviction that all New Yorkers deserve beautiful, high-quality public space within ready walking distance of their homes. Since its founding in 1995 by Bette Midler, NYRP has planted trees, renovated gardens, restored parks, and transformed open space for communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. As New York’s only citywide conservancy, NYRP brings private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support, fortifying the City’s aging infrastructure and creating a healthier environment for those who live in the most densely populated and least green neighborhoods. To learn more, please visit http://www.nyrp.org .

Austin Adventures

Three Women-Only Multi-Sport Itineraries New from Austin Adventures in 2018

 

An award-winning adventure company, Austin Adventures, is tapping a nationally recognized, award-winning female guide to facilitate and lead three brand-new, action-packed itineraries created for women-only in 2018.

 

These journeys through wild and challenging landscapes of national parks in North America and in Costa Rica are designed to address a growing demand for women-only adventure travel, said Kasey Austin, Lead Guide and Vice President of Operations for Austin Adventures. As the designated host and facilitator for these new programs, she will bring to each trip her leadership and inspirational skills that include, among others, the annual training of each of Austin Adventures’ guides. Included in her many accomplishments, Outside Magazine recognized Kasey as the World’s Top Family Guide in 2014. She holds an undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Montana in Missoula where she was distinguished as a Presidential Leadership Scholar.

Women-only travel is on the rise according to industry expert Marybeth Bond, author of The Gutsy Traveler. “Whether we are single or married, career women or stay-at-home moms, traveling with other women is empowering. Statistics show that 75% of all those who take cultural, adventure or nature trips are women,” Bond reports. Furthermore, “…24 percent of American women have taken a girlfriend getaway in the past three years, and 39 percent of American women plan on taking one in the next three years. Women are traveling to more exotic destinations, doing more adventurous activities and increasingly traveling alone.”

 

Kasey Austin concurs. “Over the last few years, we’ve seen a trend in everyday women taking on the world of adventure travel by storm. There’s nothing more empowering than taking a trip with other like-minded women who challenge you to push just beyond your comfort zone,” Austin said. “Women used to be portrayed as delicate figures who booked a spa vacation with the ladies for a week. Now they are looking to challenge themselves and their friends by pushing their limits together.”

Suitable for women age 16 and older, the new line-up of Austin Adventures’ women-only trips include:

Costa Rica – Tortuguero to Cahuita National Park, March 17-25, 2018: Over nine active days, women kayak the canals of Tortuguero National Park, paddle class II-IV rapids of the Pacuare River, rappel thundering waterfalls, zip line through canopies, snorkel in Caluita National Park and bike along the beach in Puerta Viejo. The per person double rate is from $3,498. For more information see:

https://www.austinadventures.com/packages/costa-rica-tortuguero-to-cahuita/

 

Utah – Bryce Canyon & Zion, May 20-25, 2018: For six days in the heady landscape of other-worldly rock formations capped with pure air and star-filled nights, women bike and hike together while being treated to one breath-taking view after another. The per person double rate is from $2,798. For more information see:

https://www.austinadventures.com/packages/utah-brycezion/ 

Glacier National Park Vacation Package, July 1-6, 2018: Over six days women cozy up to what the Native Americans call “Shining Mountains,” a region close to the heart of Kasey Austin and her company that has roots deep in this Montana soil. Ladies hike backcountry trails, raft the unspoiled waters of the Flathead, bike and even cruise by train through the mountainous scenes of the premier UNESCO World Heritage Site of northwestern Montana. The per person double rate is from $3,198. For more information see: https://www.austinadventures.com/packages/montana-glacier-np/

“I am the biggest advocate for girls ‘getting after it’ and proving they can do anything the boys can do when it comes to adventure. My goal is to get women hooked on adventure by overcoming obstacles like Angel’s Landing in Zion or biking over Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier, together!” she added.

 

All itineraries provide, among others, double occupancy rooms with private baths, all breakfasts, most lunches and dinners, the services of an all-female crew of guides, including Kasey Austin, and of knowledgeable local partners, vehicle support and land transportation during the trip, Austin Adventures T-shirt and luggage tags, and pre-departure and packing information. See: http://info.austinadventures.com/women-only-adventures.

Exhilarating outdoor adventures that blend with cultural interactions are intrinsic to other new itineraries in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. Austin Adventures’ close-to-home programs continue to embrace US and Canadian national parks. See: https://www.austinadventures.com/new-2018-departures/

To help plan, Austin Adventures’ 2018 catalog is now out and available upon request. Please order ONLINE or call 1.800.575.1540. For a full roster of 2018 trips please visit http://www.austinadventures.com, call (800) 575-1540 or email info@austinadventures.com.

 

About Austin Adventures

Based in Billings, Montana, Austin Adventures has spent more than 40 years building an international reputation as a top provider of luxury, small group, multisport tours for adults and families to the world’s most captivating destinations. Creative itineraries feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, Austin Adventures offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee