Great Kids, Great Outdoors

In 1916, the Moose Hill Bird Sanctuary was established in Sharon, Mass., after Dr. George W. Field gave his estate to Mass Audubon with the goal of attracting birds and people interested in them. Today there are 56 Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries located around the state—and spring is a great time to introduce, or reintroduce,…

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Let’s face it: Sometimes kids just don’t want to hike. They may be tired; the hill might be steep; the weather may be hot. Remember that, for kids, hiking can be hard work and downright unenjoyable if they feel like they’re on a forced march. On occasion, the kids. Will. Just. Stop. That’s when you…

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With winter coming to a quick end in New England, many of us are eyeing the bikes packed away in the garage. When the air warms and the spring peepers prepare to emerge from the mud, it’s time to dig out the bikes, grease up the chains, pump up the tires, and head out for…

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Whether it’s a rabbit in a Rhode Island forest or a moose on a Maine pond, at some point in your family’s outdoor adventuring, you’re bound to meet up with a representative of the local wildlife. Before happening upon an animal of any size, it’s best if your kids learn some basic ground rules. Nancy…

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One of winter’s best, and cheapest, thrills has to be flying down hills on a sled. My Boston neighborhood hasn’t seen much snow yet this year, but we know it is coming any day now! When it does, all the kids will be ready to head out to the Arnold Arboretum for some of the best…

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This could be the perfect beginner cross-country ski or snowshoe trail for kids and families. It is a mellow 1.7 mile loop trail that rolls through hemlock birch forests and a large open horse pasture, complete with grazing horses. And perhaps the best part is that it starts and ends at the vintage Abenaki Ski Area,…

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January ice. February snowstorms. March rains. April mud. Winter and spring weather can make it challenging to get motivated for family adventures outdoors. And since we all want our kids to have the most positive experiences possible, sometimes when it rains or snows, we bag our plans and stay home instead. But wait! Hold that…

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Snowshoeing is a great way to introduce kids to winter sports. Not only is it low-cost, but unlike skiing, it requires no real training period. You simply strap on your snowshoes and walk. Plus, it’s pretty. Without leaves on the trees, sunlight reaches deep into the untrammeled woods, providing magical views. That said, even a…

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We all know good gear can make your life easier in the outdoors. It can also set you back hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Crafting your own homemade, or “do it yourself” (DIY), outdoor gear with your kids can be a fun solution. Options range from simple projects using household or campsite items you…

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The shortest day of the year, signaling the beginning of winter, has been celebrated throughout the world in any number of ways: with music, prayer, bonfires, and other festivities. In 2015, the solstice falls on December 22. Since the solstice is on a Tuesday, which may not be ideal for kids, many places are celebrating…

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