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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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Can you explain the changing colors of autumn leaves to a child? I admit it sometimes takes me a minute to remember the basics about chlorophyll and hidden pigments. But I just found a quick refresher on the science and some fun hands-on activities to help the lessons stick, thanks to Yankee magazine’s foliage website…

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Is your teenager wondering what to do when high school ends? Does she love to hike, or does he want to travel and camp in the backcountry? Maybe a “gap year” focused on the outdoors would be a good next step. More and more educators are seeing the value in young people spending a year…

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One of my favorite chores of childhood was collecting tinder and kindling for campfires. My brother and I used to scour the Adirondack forest floor for just the right mix of twigs, leaves, and sticks to start our blaze. As we got older, we learned more about how to assemble those materials and manage the…

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It’s apple-picking season! Whether you are returning to a favorite orchard or trying this activity for the first time, here are some ideas to make your family’s visit even more fun, plus nine other suggestions to help your kids connect with nature this fall. These activities are all simple, free or low-cost, and recommended by…

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There’s a woman riding a moose in downtown Greenville, near the shores of Moosehead Lake. Her feet are bare. A smile stretches across her young face. She clutches a camera near her eye, ready to capture the moment. Wind sweeps back her long dark hair, revealing another objective of this ride: A thin black strap…

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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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