Month

September 2010
In the sixth installment of a family ecotourism series that provides suggestions for families traveling through Northern Europe, I invite you to appreciate Oslo. A remote Scandinavian land of a thousand fjords and islands, Norway always ranks high in environmental surveys for its water quality and hydro power plants. Its capital, Oslo, is located at...
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In the fifth installment of the family ecotourism series entitled Ecotourism in Northern Europe, I invite you to appreciate the promise of Stockholm. Built on 14 small islands joined by bridges, Stockholm is a wonderful mixture of busy city life and plentiful, beautiful parks. As the capital of Sweden, it enjoys a reputation for taking...
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In the fourth installment of a family ecotourism series entitled Ecotourism in Northern Europe, I invite you to appreciate the potential of Visby.  Visby is the capital of the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea.  It is located 53 miles off of coast of Stockholm and for the typical Swedish family, Gotland is the...
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gdansk poland
In the third installment of a family ecotourism series covering Ecotourism in Northern Europe, I invite you to appreciate the wonder of Gdansk. A coastal city on the Baltic Sea, Gdansk combined with the rest of its “tri-city” Polish neighbors, Gdynia and Sopot, features a great amount of lakes and forests; lots of recreational activities...
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In the second of a family ecotourism series entitled Ecotourism in Northern Europe, I invite you to appreciate the splendor of Riga. On the banks of the Daugava River, the capital of Latvia is not only a UNESCO heritage site but is widely considered to be the cleanest city in Europe. In addition to it...
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Recently, I had the pleasure of touring Northern Europe. Besides relaxing and spending time with my family, my objective was to test the outer limits of the trip by discovering at least one family ecotourism activity in each of the cities that we would be visiting. In the first of a series entitled Ecotourism in...
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The ESTC 2010 conference concluded in Portland with the mantra of innovation and inspiration. Specifically, the morning sessions focused on innovation with participants having the option to attend a field session that emphasized green signature buildings or a voluntourism project at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. For those participants who opted to attend panel...
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The ESTC 2010 conference continued in Portland with participants first being given a choice to attend either a field session on green signature buildings such as the Gold Level LEED certified Ecotrust Building or a voluntourism project through the Portland Parks and Recreation Community Gardening program. Those who could not join the field sessions attended...
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With a Lead. Sustain. Engage. call to action, the ESTC 2010 conference officially opened today in Portland, Oregon. This year marks the 20th anniversary for the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) which organized the conference that traditionally brings together conservationists, community leaders, sustainable travel operators, government tourism managers, and students in order to discuss the challenges...
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This Ecotourism in America series, which has highlighted many of the natural beauty and wildlife viewing opportunities available in the U.S., concludes with an eco-itinerary for what is typically viewed as the most environmentally conscious states of the union – namely Washington and Oregon. Washington has an informative website full of great ideas for exploring...
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