Thank you! Happy Memorial Day

To those who have served and will serve and to the families of all, thank you.

Happy Memorial Day

2nd Annual Idea Pitch Competition Focused on Adventure Recreation

Weber State University is excited to invite your students to participate in its 2nd Annual Outdoor Weber idea pitch competition focused on adventure recreation concepts. The contest allows any qualified University student worldwide to compete for a $45,000 grand prize to help them turn their idea into a real business opportunity. Second and third place are awarded $20,000 and $10,000 respectively.

The entry process is fairly simple and designed to encourage students to simply create a 90-second pitch video explaining their outdoor recreation product or service (examples of our finalists in 2018 found here) and upload to our Outdoor Weber website between January 14, 2019 and January 30, 2019.

· Beginning February 1, 2019, the videos will go live on the Outdoor Weber website for general public voting purposes.

· The public may vote once per day per IP address for their favorite idea(s).

· The 25 videos with the most votes will move on to the semi-final round of judging.

· Ten additional concepts from ten pre-determined regions across the U.S. will also be selected to move to the next round. All in all, 35 concepts will move forward to the semi-final round.

· A panel of semi-final judges will score and select 10 finalists from the 35 who will be invited to the beautiful Ogden, Utah valley to work with a team of mentors to help them refine their business ideas and make preparations for their concluding 10-minute presentations to the final judges.

· The final judges will then select the winners of the competition who will be announced at our final awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, March 22, 2019.

Many of the students and mentors from last year commented this was one of the most well organized and fun events they had ever been involved with. We would love to see your students compete and invite you to share with them and your colleagues. For more information, please visit our website. Thanks!


Cass Morgan, PhD

Program Director & Assistant Professor | Outdoor & Community Recreation

Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance

Weber State University

Ogden, UT 84408

Office: Swenson 404D


Phone: 801.626.6730


Like Birds? Are you Familiary with The Cornell Lab of Ornithology?

Together, we achieved unprecedented growth and impact for birds.




Dear Friend,

With your help, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology can pursue scientific excellence and engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet.

As you’ll see below, technological innovation expands our impact, and it wouldn’t be possible without financial support from friends like you.

If you’re able, please help us sustain these vibrant programs by making a year-end donation to the Cornell Lab today!

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Help us keep it going in 2019, Friend!


We’re pleased that so many people can express their passion for birds and conservation through tools developed here at the Cornell Lab.

Just as you rely on us to lead the world in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds, we rely on our community of citizen scientists and friends for the majority of our funding.

If you’re in a position to do so, please support our work with a special year-end gift today.

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Latest Issue of the American Journal of Play Available Online for Free

Latest Issue of the American Journal of Play
Explores Play in the Age of Information
Now Accessible Free Online at

How has computation changed play? In the latest issue of the American Journal of Play, Miguel Sicart, associate professor at the Center for Computer Game Research at IT University Copenhagen, explores the relationship between computation and play in the Age of Information.

Sicart establishes that play describes the creation of worlds with other players and often with the aid of props such as games or toys. Play is not valuable for its utility, but rather for its own purposefulness. Sicart claims that computers too are valuable beyond their immediate utility. Sicart focuses on the concept of reontologization—the process of transforming information. Computers have fostered “a transition from analogue to digital data” and have, therefore, created a new world. Play is also reontologizing because it is appropriative, autotelic, and expressive. Play translates a situation, context, space, and time into the scene or instrument of play, has its own negotiated purpose, and is produced or performed with a personal touch. Just as computers have created a world in which we consume information differently, play creates a world in which we can express ourselves in a new way. Such similarities explain the merging of computation and play in the rise of video games.

Sicart frames his ideas with the stories told in the classic novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Quixote creates and inhabits an imaginary world in permanent clash with the actual world. Sicart believes that to comprehend the complexity of play, we must understand Quixotean Play: play capable of engaging with and appropriating reality regardless of resistance. Recognizing play within this new context will allow us to understand play as a form of expression in the Age of Information.

Additional articles in Vol. 10, No. 3 of the American Journal of Play include:

“Problem Gaming: A Short Primer,” by Thomas E. Gorman, Douglas A. Gentile, and C. Shawn Green.

“The Physical Environment for Play Therapy with Chinese Children,” by Yih-Jiun Shen, Slyvia Z. Ramirez, Peter L. Kranz, Xinhua Tao, and Yuanhong Ji.

“Developing a Dramatic Pretend Play Game Intervention” by Thalia R. Goldstein.

All issues of the Journal are available free online at If you are interested in ordering a print subscription of the Journal, visit

The American Journal of Play, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal devoted solely to the study of play, is published by The Strong in Rochester, New York.

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Act Now: Save Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!

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Dear James,

On Dec. 4, 2017, President Donald Trump signed proclamations significantly reducing the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments in southern Utah’s world-renowned panoramic canyon country. Not only would these monuments be diminished in size, they would also be fragmented into separate units.

Urge BLM to protect Grand Staircase-Escalante’s important scientific, historical, and cultural resources!

President Trump’s actions to shrink these two monuments are being challenged in federal court. Despite this active litigation, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has drafted land use plans for both the new smaller monuments and a separate land use plan for the public lands that were removed by the Trump proclamations from Grand Staircase-Escalante. These new plans will guide how lands within and outside of the new monument boundaries are managed until the courts make further determinations. In particular, the lands cut out of the new, smaller Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are being threatened in the draft plans by potential new coal mining, oil and gas drilling, and other development. While the courts will ultimately determine the fate of these monuments and public lands, it is important to participate in this process, both to register your disapproval of these actions and to voice your opinion on the values these lands contain and how they should be managed.

Send your comment to the BLM now!

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was designated in 1996 to preserve important scientific, historical, and cultural values, including world-class paleontological resources. Since then, more than two dozen new dinosaur species have been among the many scientific discoveries on lands within the original monument boundaries. The Grand Staircase-Escalante’s spectacular scenery and outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation have drawn visitors from around the world, providing an economic boost to nearby rural communities.

Many extraordinary places lie outside of President Trump’s revised monument boundaries, including significant parts of the Kaiparowits Plateau, Paria Canyon, Circle Cliffs, and the Hole-in-the-Rock Road corridor. These lands are the most vulnerable to development and must be managed to ensure conservation of their unique geologic, cultural, and ecological values.

Your voice is critical to this effort. Please submit a public comment today!

For the wild,

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Director, U.S. Public Lands
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Colorado Environmental Film Festival Environmental Photography Exhibition

Does your photography move audiences to think about our environment? Show us your work and make a difference. Best of show in the Annual Environmental Photography Exhibition at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado. Cash awards. Great venue and a great cause. Held in conjunction with the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. There will be a photography keynote speaker and reception. Details at

Under 19 and over 19 award categories.

Enter Your Photograph Now!

Important dates:

· Call for Entries deadline: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

· Notification Date: Friday, November 20, 2018

· Physical Delivery Date Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

· Opening Reception: February 22, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm with Keynote speaker (6:30-7:15pm)

· Exhibition Open at American Mountaineering Center: February 22-April 26, 2019

Please share with all photographers, outdoor organizations, nature centers, parks, natural resource agencies.. Thanks.

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Jonny Copp Award is now Bigger! Apply Now

$1000 Grant Apply NOW: The Jonny Copp Award 2018

This September, DJI and The Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media are partnering with the Adventure Film Festival to up the ante on their annual Jonny Copp award! Created to support adventurers, artists and environmentalists dedicated to living a life guided by passion, love and the desire to create positive change, 2018’s award includes a DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo and a $1000 adventure filmmakers grant. The package will go to a young filmmaker who embodies this beautifully audacious spirit. Do you feel, deep in your soul, a relentless desire to create true positive change by sharing your love & knowledge? If so, we invite you to apply for the Jonny Copp award. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Please apply at by October 3rd, 2018 to be considered.

Whether you apply or not, we hope that you’ll join us at the Adventure Film Festival for three days of adventure, creation, and exploration with award-winning filmmakers, visionary conservationists, and the world’s foremost names in adventure sports. Climb, film, write, draw, cook, bike, and experience new virtual realities. At the heart of the festival is a selection of 2018’s most critical and transformative independent films, featuring special guests and live performances. From ultramarathons to Inuit activism, folk rock to rock climbing, no two films have the same stripes—each is crafted to shift the way we view our world and ourselves. Get a sneak peek of the official film selection here. The festival launches October 5–7 in Boulder, Colorado before beginning its world tour.

Purchase passes here: For more information, visit #AFF2018

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