Category Archives: nature kid

Scenes from a Winter Vacation

“This is the last Christmas we’re all going to be together!” my mother-in-law opines each year. This year, it was finally true. My parents left upstate New York last summer and my in-laws will be moving out West in the … Continue reading

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Green Kids: Building a Lasagna Garden

Most people aren’t thinking about prepping their garden at Thanksgiving. But due to a delay known as “having small children,” that’s what we were doing on Sunday, prepping the layers of our inedible lasagna garden. Lasagna gardening, also called sheet … Continue reading

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A Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Families

Getting kids outside has a whole host of benefits, from stronger immune systems to the sheer joy of play. While sometimes all that’s needed is a stick and a bit of imagination, having certain gear can help bringing kids outside … Continue reading

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Science Adventures: Feathers

This post explores the biology and ecology of feathers. It’s part of a series I’m doing on using everyday situations to help young kids explore science – particularly ecology and biology – more in depth.  The opportunity: With birds winging their … Continue reading

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Outdoors Family Challenge Recap and Winner Announcement!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Outdoors Family Challenge last week! We had folks participate across several different social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here’s a round-up of some of the posts, along with the announcement … Continue reading

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Outdoors Family Challenge Day 7: Apple Picking at Homestead Farm

As a native upstate New Yorker, apple picking runs in my blood. In my fourth grade class, not just one, but two of my classmates’  families owned apple orchards. While the picking – and especially the cider – isn’t as … Continue reading

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Outdoors Family Challenge: Day 6 Experience – Wheaton Regional Park

One of the greatest gifts that spending time in the outdoors has given me is the ability to adapt. That skill has been infinitely handy as a parent, where situations change in seconds and expectations regularly get stomped all over. Yesterday, … Continue reading

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