As the below infographic Wilderness Matters depicts, I am fortunate to live in an area of Northern Virginia near the Potomac Gorge, which is a wilderness expanse with over 240 species of animals (including frogs, toads, foxes, raccoons, deer, possums, etc.) and where many migratory birds spend part of their year.
With its beautiful American elm, ironwood and redwood trees as well as many walking and biking paths that connect up to an extensive network of trails throughout the Washington DC area, it’s no wonder why visitors are amazed at the expanse of mature trees and quiet solitude found so close to the city.
Frankly, after witnessing firsthand how quickly our young 3-year-old son learned about the animals and asked questions about the environment, the wilderness area also served as the inspiration for combatting nature-deficit disorder and starting Greenloons.
Read this very interesting infographic from The Wilderness Society about why wilderness matters in all our lives and check out our nature-based itinerary ideas for the United States.