pine_jpg_t285I've met a lot of people during my speaking tour this spring and I have routinely wrote down some unique individuals in my journal who gave me inspiration while chatting with them about . Here's one. I met Andrew McMartin at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure show and he told me about a fantastic project he was working on called the P.I.N.E. Project. His philosophy is that outdoor enthusiasts often race away from the city to experience the natural environment, though many know little about their own backyard. The P.I.N.E. Project was created to bring the wonders of the natural world back to the urban jungle. Programs inspire people of all ages to have fun connecting with and spending time in the natural environment. When people know the local environment well, they care for it, and actively participate to make it healthier on a daily basis. There is nothing more local or sustainable.

The P.I.N.E. Project is a non-profit organization based in Toronto, Canada, providing urban environmental education in a local context. P.I.N.E. programs reconnect people and place through active programming drawing on the practices of indigenous cultures around the globe. Youth and adult programs include classes, workshops, camps, seminars, and presentations on such topics as:

· Wild edible plants and harvesting

· Wildlife tracking and awareness

· Survival skills such as shelters, friction fires, silent movement and natural camo, and many more!

This person is definitely making a difference out there and we should support him.  Website and Facebook.