Author: Kyle Werner

Kyle Werner March 19, 2020 0

Positive Environmental Impacts Surrounding Covid-19

Emerging Environmental Impacts of Covid-19

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In the wake of the global Covid-19 “Coronavirus” scare, it’s been incredibly easy for us to look at what’s going on around the world through a restricted lens and view all of the clear negative aspects of the global pandemic without noticing any positives. The Coronavirus and all of its negative impact is nothing to ignore and has become the main focal point of many conversations around the world. In this article we hope to share some positive impacts on the environment that have been noted in direct correlation to the wide spread quarantines taking place around the world. At this time it is vital that we take the threat to our health seriously and take positive steps toward protecting ourselves from the spread of this virus, however it is equally important to take note of the incredible positive impacts the quarantines have had on our ecosystem. For quite possibly the first time in history, several ecosystems have had the unique opportunity to evaluate the way we impact our environment and take a close look at how the world has been able to rebound in the short time we have spent indoors and significantly cut back on our pollution output.


In Venice, Italy, the mandatory quarantine has the public waiting out the storm from within their homes. While not getting to spend time outside and the impact this quarantine is having on businesses is surely something to be upset about, we can’t ignore some incredible things that are happening to the ecosystem, which is now primarily unencumbered by human impacts. The canals of Venice have become well known for their murky waters which are riddled with pollution causing the water to be nearly impossible to see through. After just a short few weeks without human impact, the canals have become nearly crystal clear! As the sediment frequently stirred up by gondolas settled to the bottom and pollution output decreased the canals became clear to the bottom revealing fish and an overall cleaner environment all around. There’s also been sightings of dolphins returning to these waters after leaving for so long due to the pollution that became normal for the area.

For Italy I think this presents an incredible opportunity that’s unique to the unprecedented experience we are all going through. The ability to see this positive environmental change in such a short period of time is eye opening to the impact we have on the environment around us. As a community on this planet it’s our duty to protect our natural resources and keep our planet as beautiful and pristine as possible not only for ourselves and our own experiences and health but for the other species that call these places home!


Areas of China have become famous for their ever increasing levels of air pollution and health issues related to air quality and smog. On average 1500 people die premature death each year due to air pollution in Hong Kong alone says Patrick Fung in a CNN article released the past Tuesday, March 17th. What’s been the result of the mandatory quarantines in these highly polluted areas? With large industrial plants closed and far less cars on the street, air quality has shown astronomical improvement of good quality air increasing over 20% in February alone! This positive change has been so large the difference in air quality has been documented from space!

Reporters and scientists warn of “Revenge Pollution”, the resulting uptick in pollution once businesses and vehicles are back in normal operation. Still, it’s interesting seeing how quickly the ecosystem has been able to begin bouncing back and healing itself from the impacts of human pollutants. Like the canals in Venice, I think this is a tremendous opportunity for our planet to evaluate our impact on the environment and seek new solutions addressing our carbon footprint.

While it would be unrealistic to think that we could emerge from our quarantined state and not begin creating a negative environmental impact once more, this presents a unique opportunity for us to take a hard look at the result of our impact on the planet and brainstorm new ways to reduce our footprint to work more positively with our ecosystems.

Reducing our Impact

While the benefits to our environment not only in China and Italy but around the world are unfortunately short lived positive outcomes of the global pandemic, there are steps we can all take to reduce our carbon footprint and decrease our output of pollution to steer our future in a more eco-friendly direction. At Historic Banning Mills we take our impact on the environment very seriously and strive to work with the environment and conserve nature to the best of our ability. As a people we need to protect the natural world we call home in order to conserve its beauty and continue to reap the benefits of its long term health. Here’s a few tips we believe can be easy implementations into our daily lives to continue to curve our environmental impact in a positive direction.

Minimize Emissions

Driving our vehicles is an inevitable necessity today. We’ve got places to be and people to see! We can try to minimize the pollution we create however, by trying to carpool when possible and taking good care of our vehicles to ensure we are create the least amount of emissions possible! In the market for a new car? Consider looking into hybrid vehicles or going green with an electric vehicle to reduce your impact and save yourself from ever needing to pump gas again!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Do some research into consumer goods and waste and you’ll be blown away by the number of single use items we throw away every day. These consumer goods have to go somewhere, and more often than not they wind up making their way into the ecosystem and negatively impacting our environment. When we throw used goods into the trash it’s easy for us to say, “out of sight, out of mind”, but keep in mind that everything we use and throw away is still somewhere on this planet. It has to go somewhere! While much of that waste is disposed of appropriately, a surprising amount escapes into the environment. A great solution to mitigating this issue is to purchase items that are reusable like metal water bottles and try to cut back on single use items!

Spend Time Outside

This is an easy one and something most of us don’t do nearly enough of. Take some time to get outside and exercise or explore. The world is beautiful! Go for a walk, ride your bike, or sit outside and take in the scenery. These activities cost you nothing and the whole time you’re enjoying nature and reaping the positive health benefits that being outside provides, you’re decreasing your carbon footprint! At Historic Banning Mills we have around fifteen miles of hiking trails that take you on a historic walk through nature as you’ll encounter ruins from the old paper and pulp mills that still stand all around our property! Getting outdoors and spending time enjoying nature can build an incredible appreciation for the world around us and provides too many health benefits to list in this article.


While Covid-19 continues to be an issue for our population and something that definitely should not be taken lightly, it’s nice to see some positives that have emerged around the world as a result of the precautionary measures we are all taking. Though these positive benefits are temporary and our level of pollution is sure to bounce back when everyone rejoins society, there’s a valuable lesson to learn from these short term environmental positives. We can work together to create a positive change in our planets health and long term well being. We can take steps, small or large, to reduce our carbon footprint and positively impact the future of both ourselves and our predecessors. It’s our duty to take care of our home. If Covid-19 has shown us anything about our ecosystem, its that our planet can heal when we step aside and give it some room to grow. As we emerge from our capsules and rejoin the outside world, I challenge us all be conscious of our impact and take steps towards working with the environment and building a brighter future.

Kyle Werner March 13, 2020 0

Building a Stronger Immune System

Build a Stronger Immune System

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We know there’s a lot of hysteria going around right now surrounding the Covid-19 Coronavirus scare. During these times, it’s incredibly important we keep ourselves clean and protect our bodies from germs and viruses that are circulating the world. With all the madness ensuing in popular media it’s incredibly easy for many of us to decide to seek shelter indoors and attempt to wait out the chaos ensuing. We hope to set some of your minds at ease as we discuss a few reasons staying indoors and closing yourself off from the world might just be a bad idea.


Don’t get us wrong, venturing into highly populated areas with crowds of people is certainly a poor decision for your health right now. We are in no way encouraging you to seek out large attractions full of tons of visitors that may be unknowingly carrying an illness. You just might find however, that now more than ever, engaging in a fun outdoor activity in the sun and fresh air is just what the doctor ordered!


Our bodies require essential vitamins and minerals to keep us happy and healthy. For many of us, a life indoors has become all too common during our daily lives. Now, with the Coronavirus circulating the world, staying inside has become a popular choice for a large portion of the population. Staying indoors could actually be harming your immune system by depleting your body of those vitamins and minerals it requires to boost your immune system.


We know a large portion of our community is out of school and work for a period of time as we wait for the virus to become less of a threat. This creates a tremendous opportunity for all of us to take some time to ourselves and enjoy the outdoors a bit more than we usually are able to during our busy lives. Spending time outdoors gives us a great source of Vitamin D to boost our immune system. At the same time, our zip line tours are located away from highly populated areas in natural outdoor settings, exposing our guests to clean, fresh air and providing an escape from crowds and large cities.


Spending time outdoors has been proven to boost immune systems and fosters a healthy lifestyle, combined with providing a natural getaway for our guests to spend some time away from crowded public areas! Is it safe to venture out to a tourist destination during these times though?


Historic Banning Mills and all Screaming Eagle Adventures locations has taken an aggressive approach towards combating transferrable illnesses. All of our staff is under strict orders to stay away from work if they have any signs of an illness. In addition, we have increased the number of sanitation points throughout our property and our cleaning staff is working around the clock to continually sanitize every inch of our property. In addition to our strict sanitation efforts, we’ve reduced our tour sizes during this time to eight people per group of guides to both maximize guest experience and minimize population sizes of our tours.


Join us in nature for fresh air, sunshine, an escape from crowds, and an immersion in adventure! We look forward to having you out for an unforgettable experience and hope everyone is practicing good hygiene and enjoying any time you might have away from the desk!

The Importance of Outdoor Play

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Kyle Werner August 23, 2019 0

The Importance of Outdoor Play

The Importance of Outdoor Play

Take a look at the children of today and the activities they most commonly engage in and you’ll find gaming systems, cell phones, tablets, and laptops at the forefront of nearly every child’s ammunition for engaging in their leisure time. Children of today are growing up with technology right at their finger tips. Ask any parent and they’re sure to agree their kids usually know more about technology than they do! Technology is a fascinating innovation in the way our world operates and is incredibly important to utilize and understand, after all, you couldn’t be reading this right now without it! What happens when we don’t structure our kids time spent with technology though? What happens when all of our time is spent indoors looking at a screen? Our kid’s today spend their time in drastically different ways than we spent ours at their age.

We’ve lost site of the incredible benefits we gain spending time outdoors. It’s important our children learn to use technology, but it’s equally important, if not more beneficial to their growth and development to #optoutside. Take a look at just a few of the benefits gained from spending time outdoors.

  • Physical Fitness Benefits

Throughout life we develop habits based on the activities we most frequently engage in. If we spend our afternoons as kids watching cartoons and playing computer games, we are likely to continue that habit. Likewise, if we take time to get outside and play as kids, we are likely to remain active into our adult lives. Children who engage in regular outdoor activities are more likely to maintain a healthy weight and continue their physical activity level as they grow older.

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  • Social Development Benefits

Spending time at parks and playgrounds provide spaces for kids to learn and grow together. As they interact, they build social skills both by playing and by observing their peers. This allows our children to strengthen their language skills, learn to overcome challenges, and build healthy relationships.

  • Mental Health Benefits

Life is becoming more busy each day. It’s not just adults that experience this! When’s the last time you took a look at the homework your kids are bringing home? Each year kids are being given larger and more complex work loads. As the world continues to grow and expand, our children are tasked with learning all of this new information along with the information we were taught at their age. Kids are busier than ever before, and along with that busy schedule, we are seeing all time highs in cases of anxiety, stress, and depression. Spending time outdoors allows our children to expend energy and alleviate stress. This in turn, helps them to concentrate better and have better overall mental health.

  • Intellectual Health Benefits

Playing outside stimulates us intellectually and is proven to have a positive impact on our readiness to take in new information and excel our performance. Spending time outdoors can help children learn better in the classroom by stimulating their creativity, allowing them to view learning materials in a variety of ways. It also increases our ability to focus, which helps us more easily absorb information and process new concepts.

  • Appreciation for the Outdoors

Take a look at the news or hop online and it doesn’t take long to notice the impact we have on our planet. As population continues to grow and we consume more and more resources each year it’s becoming ever more apparent that we must take steps to protect the world around us. Spending time in the outdoors as a kid sets our children up to have a lifelong love of nature and an appreciation for conservation. Studies show that children who spend time in the outdoors are more likely to engage in pro-environmental behaviors like recycling and water conservation!

We have a whole Summer Camp dedicated to connecting fun loving kids to the outdoors! Check out Camp Adventure and Camp Extreme and schedule your campers for a week they’ll never forget!

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