Countless outdoor enthusiasts use Instagram to showcase their adventures and inspire like-minded followers. But, did you know you can also use the social media platform to champion outdoor advocacy? Here are five compelling Instagram accounts that will inspire you to get out and enjoy nature responsibly.
Katie Boué: An avid outdoor enthusiast, Katie Boué has posted more than 1,500 compelling photos to her Instagram account. In addition to profiling her many travels and outdoor adventures, she dedicates her account to outdoor advocacy with a special focus on sustainability. According to Boué, while individual actions towards sustainability may not save the planet, the culture shift movement she and her fellow outdoor advocates are creating will. If you're looking for some inspiration to help you plan an exciting, environmentally conscious outdoor adventure, Katie is someone you should follow.
Leave No Trace: Run by an international nonprofit, this Gram account was built to teach people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. It includes a number of informative posts that focus on the seven principles of Leave No Trace, including planning and preparation, traveling on durable surfaces, disposing of waste properly, leaving what you find, minimizing the impact of campfires, respecting wildlife, and being considerate of other outdoor enthusiasts. The account includes lots of compelling content that will help you enjoy the outdoors while minimizing your impact on Mother Nature.
Public Lands Love You: This compelling account was created to highlight outdoor enthusiasts who recreate responsibly on public lands. It was also created to counteract the "call-out" culture which seems to be spreading like wildfire across numerous social media channels. If you're tired of bullying, or "calling out," this Gram account is built for you. By following it, you will only see uplifting posts that highlight the beauty of nature, while shedding light on people who make a positive impact on our natural environment while enjoying everything it has to offer.
Melanin Base Camp: This account was created for people of color who love the outdoors. That said, it includes plenty of great content for Instagrammers of every ethnicity and background. To date, Melanin Base Camp has made nearly 2,000 posts that highlight nature's rich and diverse landscape, while focusing on ethical practices and respecting indigenous lands and people. It also includes informative instructionals that teach followers how to hike, backpack and climb more effectively, while respecting the environment and reducing their impact on their natural surroundings.
Conservation Corps: Designed to help train the next generation of environmental stewards, this Instagram account was built by Corps Members serving in State Parks, National Parks and public lands spanning from the Catskills in New York to the Delaware Water Gap in New Jersey. Although it has a regional focus, the account includes abundant content that appeals to followers from all over the world. The posts have a strong focus on invasive species management and hands-on trail construction. That said, there's plenty of other content that can help inspire your outdoor adventures.
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