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Bring your family to the Berkshires of western Massachusetts for bountiful summer wildflowers, rambling hikes and bicycle rides, and real dinosaur footprints that will fascinate young T. rex fans. Here are four suggestions for your next outdoor getaway. Ice Glen and Laura’s Tower in Stockbridge, Mass. Author Nathaniel Hawthorne called Ice Glen, which is just…

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Leading kids through the woods requires more than a map and compass. You also need enthusiasm and creativity to keep things fun for young hikers, whether they’re preschoolers who tire easily or older children who claim they’re bored. Try these strategies to keep kids interested when out on the trail. ACTIVE PLAY Walk This Way:…

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Do you and your kids like to dream up new backyard games? Or are you stuck in a rut and need some fresh ideas? In either case, the CLIF Backyard Game of the Year contest has something for you. If you’re a kid who has invented a game, you can submit it by July 3 for…

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When I get to a bridge while hiking, I like to stop and gaze at the water. My daughter, not so much. At 4, she is more interested in action. That’s why I was delighted to be reminded of the game “Pooh sticks” when talking with Susan Brown, the youth and family outdoor community coordinator…

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Shake out your tents: It’s time for the 10th annual Great American Backyard Campout. On June 28, thousands of people will be pitching tents in yards and parks across the country as part of this nationwide family camping adventure. Whether you camp with a community group, head to your backyard, or hike to a remote…

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In a large fenced park in Finland, Christine Gross-Loh was surprised that mothers were not concerned when their toddlers wandered far away; none chased their kids as American parents would. In Germany, she was astounded to see a 5-year-old boy using a pocketknife to whittle a piece of wood. And when she enrolled her own…

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Want to get your kids outside, discover new places in your area, and meet other families interested in the outdoors? AMC’s new Outdoors Rx program helps you do all these things—and win prizes. Earlier this winter, my 4-year-old daughter and I went for a hike organized by Susan Brown, the youth and family outdoor community…

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Volunteers from AMC’s Adventure Travel program talk about leading groups to their favorite corners of the globe. And you can read about an Adventure Travel trip to Glacier National Park in the AMC Outdoors story “Among Friends.” Learn more about AMC’s Adventure Travel program >>

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The hum of traffic always fades. Even when it’s still there, beyond the trees—Interstate 495, Route 2, the Mass. Pike—my mind filters out the buzz and focuses on the soundtrack of the Bay Circuit Trail. In Sharon and Concord and Hamilton it’s the same: Songbirds sing and woodpeckers peck. Occasionally a turtle or fox stops…

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The days are getting shorter and colder. But for high school and college students, now is the time to be thinking of summer—not the warm memories of last summer, but the possibilities of next. This is when employers around the Northeast begin shaping their summer work force for the coming year. Even if the current…

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