Great Kids, Great Outdoors

Nicky Pizzo knows that children love a good story. So when she wants to get children excited about going outdoors, even when it’s cold, she tells them about the stories they’ll find. Pizzo, an AMC senior naturalist, says, “Winter is the best time to solve natural history mysteries.” We may see fewer animals during the…

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The New York Times on Monday carried an article about a “forest kindergarten” in Saratoga Springs, New York. The new program, which started in September and has enrolled 23 children between the ages of 3 1/2 and 6, emphasizes outdoor play. The children spend the bulk of their school days in a woodland park that…

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How do individuals, organizations, and communities connect children, youth, and families with nature? These questions were at the heart of Richard Louv’s 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, which marshaled research and statistics to show that children are spending significantly less time in the outdoors than in previous…

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We spent Thanksgiving in western New York, where my father and stepmother live. Each time we visit, especially at this time of year, a song by Dar Williams plays on repeat in my head: “There’s another part of the country with a land that gently creaks and thudsWhere the heavy snows make faucets leak in…

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A flock of wild turkeys has been eating the dropped apples under the ancient apple trees in the field behind our house. At least once a day, they emerge single-file from the woods in back. They feast companionably on the fermenting fruit. Then they parade off in a line, crossing the road by the mailbox…

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A couple of years ago, Jim picked up a book he thought I’d like at a library sale. It was a thick old book, stained and worn. At the time, I barely glanced at it as he put it on my shelf. Over time, though, its title caught my eye: Handbook of Nature-Study. Above the…

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“Magical power,marvelous action!Chopping wood,carrying water….” These lines from a 1,000-year-old Zen Buddhist poem came to me last Sunday while Virgil and I stacked wood. I handed him a chunk of wood from a wheelbarrow and he flung it onto a growing stack along the side of the garage. We emptied the wheelbarrow and pushed it…

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Last month I promised to write more about the Leonid meteor showers, which are scheduled to appear on our cosmic horizon on Tuesday, November 17. Astronomers call the Leonids “the most famous of the unreliable showers.” They’re named for the constellation Leo, where they appear to originate. In the night sky, Leo belongs in what…

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One glorious day. Sometimes it’s all you get. We’ve had very few outdoor adventures together as a family since summer ended, in spite of our vows to the contrary. School and work limit our excursions to weekends, which is OK, except that all fall we’ve stacked our weekends with obligations. Any day we manage to…

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“Kids Watching More Television” blared the headline in my local paper last week. Nielsen, the company that tracks TV viewing, had issued a report on the average hours per week that children spent in front of a TV screen during the last quarter of 2008. Another headline — “Toddlers watch 32 hours of TV a…

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