Helpful Resources

Part of Champaign Surplus’ ongoing commitment to our customers, and our planet, is education and knowledge. In addition to the area trails, the gear checklists and other helpful resources provided in this section of the site, below are a number of links and resources that we think are interesting, informative and useful. Many are for wonderful organizations we are committed to supporting. If you know of a great website that has been helpful to you in your outdoor adventures, please let us know.

Canoeing & Kayaking

American Canoe Association
American Kayaking Association
Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Chicago River Canoe & Kayak
Illinois Paddling Council


Alpine Ascents
Alpine Club of Canada
American Alpine Club 

Conservation Organizations

Conservation International
Environmental Defense Fund
Illinois Environmental Council
Leave No Trace
National Park Foundation
Natural Resources Defense Council
Prairie Rivers Network
Sierra Club
Society for Conservation Biology
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Student Conservation Association (SCA)
The Nature Conservancy


American Discovery Trail
American Hiking Society
Appalachian Mountain Club
Colorado Trail Foundation
Continental Divide Trail Coalition
Ice Age Trail Alliance
Outward Bound
Pacific Crest Trail Association
River To River Trail Society
Superior Hiking Trail Association
The Walker's Haute (High) Route

Local Organizations & Champaign Surplus Partnerships

Conservation Alliance
Eastern Illinois Foodbank
Prairielands Council, Boy Scouts of America
Prairie Rivers Network
Telluride MountainFilm on Tour

Military & Tactical

National Tactical Officers Association
Today's Military
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Army
U.S. Marines
U.S. National Guard
U.S. Navy
Veterans Administration

National/State Parks and Wilderness Areas

America's State Parks
Champaign County Forest Preserves
Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources
National Interagency Fire Center
National Park Service
PBS: The National Parks
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. National Parks Guide

Nordic Walking

American Nordic Walking Association
Nordic Walking 101
Nordic Walking North America

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