Monica Cardoza is a New Jersey-based journalist covering easy outdoor recreation, as well as conservation. Think full-moon hikes, backyard flower farming, hawk watching, and citizen science. She can cover these and other outdoor activites from a tech, insurance or finance angle. She is a contributing writer for New Jersey Monthly magazine. Her work has appeared in Backpacker, Next Avenue, Your Teen, Sierra, and the Rails to Trails Conservancy blog. She is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. She tweets @probablyoutside.