Article by NEMO This year, #OptOutside for a good cause Image Credit: MARK SMILEY By now, you’ve no doubt heard of, and probably participated in, REI’s annual call to Opt Outside on Black Friday instead of hitting up stores and sales and early morning shopping sprees. This year, we’re suggesting to take things one step further: spend some time outside this holiday season by giving back. Not only will the fresh air and time away from screens be good for you, but you’ll also be able to help organizations who are working to protect our wild spaces and give back to the people and places that make our adventures possible. Ready to #OptOutside for good? Here are a few handy resources: Opt to Act with REI Join REI to be part of a nationwide day of action—kicking off a year of change. The retailer is hosting cleanup events nationwide alongside partners including United By Blue and Leave No Trace. Find a cleanup near you → National Park Service NPS offers multiple volunteer events & opportunities at all national parks. View NPS opportunities → Volunteer Match Large syndication website offering thousands of volunteer opportunities. View all listings → Meetup Listings for local outdoor groups and volunteer meetups across the country. View all meetups → The Nature Conservancy Conservation-focused volunteer opportunities and events in select states and Canada. View U.S. and Canadian opportunities → Idealist Volunteer listing website dedicated to connecting people who want to do good with opportunities for action and collaboration. View all listings → Appalachian Mountain Club AMC offers several opportunities throughout the Northeast & Mid Atlantic regions. View AMC opportunities → Nature Groupie Conservation projects and citizen science initiatives throughout the Northeast region. View all listings → GoodWork.ca Syndication website for volunteer opportunities in Canada. View all opportunities → Share your plans If you do get the chance to participate, remember to tag @NemoEquipment and #AdventureAnywhere on Instagram so that we can follow along with your progress!