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Ready to get a Christmas tree? The national forests are full of them—and you’re invited to hike in and cut your own. Tree-cutting permits cost just $5; in the Northeast, they are available for the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont. In addition to cash or…

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While walking in Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge on Thanksgiving, my 3-year-old spotted some birds that neither my husband nor I could identify. To my delight, she responded to our ignorance by asking for a bird book for Christmas. I spent much of Black Friday walking in another local conservation area, rather than starting my…

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For six weeks this fall, my husband and I wrangled our just-turned-3-year-old to “soccer class” in the local park each Saturday morning. When we signed up, I thought we had appropriately low expectations. We wanted a structured reason to get our girl outdoors and active on a morning when errands often intrude. We pictured her…

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Last summer, my daughter and I spotted a flock of wild turkeys at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, Mass. The Mass Audubon property includes exhibits of rescued wild animals, such as owls and foxes, in addition to farm animals like chickens and pigs. So when we noticed the big brown birds in a fenced…

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Are you trying to get your kids outdoors and active in the winter? Here are a dozen fun ideas to keep them moving and connect them with the natural world, recommended by AMC experts. All these activities can be done in the backyard or around the neighborhood. 1. Make snow angels and snowmen. If snow…

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As the seasons turn, I try to keep ahead of what my 3-year-old needs so that she can enjoy being outdoors. But she grew 4 inches in the past year, so the winter boots we bought big last spring were already too small when we tried them on this fall. Time to go shopping again!…

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Scavenger hunts turn a simple hike into an adventure. For reluctant kids, especially, they can transform what would otherwise be a long gloomy slog into a fun game. Give scavenger hunts a new twist, and you have hiking bingo. Using ready-made cards or creating your own, you can head out to the woods or fields…

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We’re in the middle of birds’ fall migration, a great season for bird watching and for teaching kids about how birds live and travel. Among the many types of birds that migrate to warmer climes each fall are raptors, birds of prey that hunt for food while in flight (the term “raptor” comes from the…

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  Maybe I was hallucinating. But as I skied the tunnel-like passageways of the Pemigewasset Wilderness, I felt as if I was sliding down railroad tracks,kicking and gliding to the rhythm of the rails. Poetic fancy, I rationalized, and returned my attention to the task before me: skiing across the Pemi in a day. This…

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The Northeast can be magical in winter. Scenes of snow-draped evergreens set against bluebird skies, rushing mountain streams dotted with cobblestones topped with fresh powder, and village greens under a blanket of white all provide inspiration for taking pictures. Itching to get out and capture some outstanding winter images? Here are seven tips to make…

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