Hi @douglasgolden - I am a huge proponent of Meetup.com. I've joined a couple hiking and backpacking groups in my area (Chicagoland).
Meetup groups can be a great place to meet like-minded people and, in our group, I've gotten to know a few people and will be joining some of their group outings later in the Fall. I'd start there.
“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.” (John Muir)
one or more gifts or other benefits from the co-op.