A Breath of Fresh Air with TAPS Outdoors

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Virtual Experience
Season 2 Theme: Sowing Seeds

TAPS Outdoors wants to help you reconnect with the natural world in simple yet meaningful ways with activities you can do anywhere. (Yes, we really mean anywhere).

This series is for everyone and requires no previous outdoor experience! From March through May, you can subscribe to receive all of our content in your inbox! 

With bi-weekly videos and Campfire Chats, we’ll help you find the right tips, tools and tricks to navigate the wilds of our natural world and the wilds of your grief. There are no obligations, just tools and opportunities to connect with your fellow survivors. So, join our Campfire Chat every other week! 

Now, we invite you to step outside, breathe deep and experience the healing power of the natural world alongside your fellow survivors across the nation and globe.



What’s Included:

  • Short, bi-weekly activity videos in the outdoors shared on Wednesday.
  • A bi-weekly downloadable PDF with a guide to each activity.
  • Campfire Chats on alternating weeks of activity videos.
  • Subscribe to our emails and receive video content and Campfire Chat invitations in your inbox every week!


What's Expected:

  • Find nature where you live (photography or videos online, your backyard, local park, national forest, national parks, a flower box in front of your favorite shop, anywhere!)
  • Do the activity as it suits you and your family & snap a photo or video to share!
  • Join our Campfire Chat to share about your experiences and connect with your fellow survivors.


campfire at night

Our goal is to connect you with the healing power of nature no matter where you live and give you the tools to make meaning out of your experiences.


Schedule and Themes

Subscribe (look for the blue button at the top of this page) to our weekly Breath of Fresh Air emails to receive your activities, downloadable content and Campfire Chat invitations in your inbox.

Season 2: Sowing Seeds

As we transition from winter into spring, we welcome warmer days and many more opportunities to step outdoors. At TAPS, we know that, even when the sun is shining outdoors, our grief can still make days feel cold and overcast. In this season of Sowing Seeds, we will utilize the skills we developed over winter to plant seeds of hope for the flourishing summer ahead. Spring is the season of new beginnings, and we look forward to preparing the ground, planting seeds and growing with you in the journey to blooms.

Activities and Campfire Chats will alternate each week with activities shared on Wednesday and Campfire Chats on the following Monday. Links to activity videos and guides will be added here as they are released according to the dates listed below.

new plants



Month 4: Breathing In the New Year
This transition into a new year is one that will be welcomed but will require new tools to navigate. As many of us have experienced in our grief, this year of great loss and challenge can also give way to new life and hope. In this month we will forge new paths together in our hearts and set foot on trails we've yet to see. Together, we will explore the wild.

Month 3: Seasons of Grief
In the midst of winter, we will dig deeper into seasonal impacts of grief and how the natural world around us can both challenge our hearts and minds while also teaching resilience, grit and self-compassion.

Month 2: Changing Landscapes
As the landscapes around us change with the season, we will begin to explore the ways in which life's constant changes impact our internal landscapes. We will learn alongside one another virtually as we share the changing scenes across America, around the globe and within our hearts.

Month 1: Getting & Staying Grounded
Navigating any terrain, including grief, requires a vast set of tools, but one of the most important tools we can use anytime, anywhere is the ability to ground ourselves. Getting grounded is simply finding present-mindedness. No matter the experience, we are stronger and more stable when we have the ability to be present and navigate how we respond to our emotions and environment. Over the course of this month we will explore ways we can utilize nature as a guide for connecting to the present moment, honoring where we are internally and externally.

House plants


Joining the TAPS Outdoors community in the virtual landscape is simple, and if you're reading this you've already taken the first step! Follow these 5 easy steps to connect with your fellow TAPS Outdoors loving family:

1 - Subscribe to our Email List to receive activity videos, downloadable content and Campfire Chat information in your inbox every week.

2 - Watch the bi-weekly Breath of Fresh Air with TAPS Outdoors video.

3 - Utilize our resources to plan how you'll do our bi-weekly activity.

4 - This is the best part: GET OUTDOORS and grab a big deep breath of Fresh Air! Take photos and videos, journal about your experience or create something in your favorite medium.

5 - Share your story. Join our Campfire Chat the following week, share on your own social feed and tag us using the hashtag #TAPSOutdoors, and/or email your photo(s) to expeditions@taps.org.


If you have any questions please email expeditions@taps.org or 800-959-8277.