July/August 2016

Apprehension building, I adjust my grip on the fraying ash-wood shafts of the two canoe paddles I’m balancing. The broad blades dig deeper into my 14-year-old shoulders as the weight shifts overhead. The paddles are tied to the wooden thwarts of a 17-foot canoe that is resting upside-down on my crown and spine like a…

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As anyone who has read Make Way for Ducklings knows, adult ducks shed their flight feathers—the long, stiff plumes from their wings and tails—in late spring and early summer, and they can’t fly for about a month as the replacements grow. While most ducks don’t spend that time begging for peanuts in Boston, they do…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Pick a cabin, a bunkhouse, or a campsite: Whichever you prefer, you now can bed down in some of New York’s wildest woods, just a smidge over 40 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Your destination is AMC’s Harriman Outdoor Center (HOC), open July 1 in New York’s Harriman State…

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If you’ve ever squatted awkwardly by a stream with a pump-operated water filter in hand, you know the drill: wayward hose, wobbly bottle, muscle-clenching workout. Maybe it’s time to try one of the other water-treatment methods that have proliferated in recent years. But first, you have to know your enemies. The biggest risk in the…

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The first thing a visitor to Boston’s Breed’s Hill notices is the iconic obelisk honoring the Revolutionary War battle fought here and at nearby Bunker Hill. But a closer look reveals sights that don’t befit such treasured grounds. North of the monument, metal barricades block access to stairs that have fallen into disrepair. On the…

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It’s a sunny October day, and AMC staff scientist Georgia Murray is on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, gathering data for an ambitious project that charts climate change on the Appalachian Trail (AT). As hikers set out, packs full and boots not yet muddy, Murray uses the Nature’s Notebook app on…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW THE ARTIST If one pine were placed in a town square, what admiration it would excite! Yet who is conscious of the pine-tree multitudes in the free woods, though open to everybody? —John Muir Just off of College Avenue in Somerville, Mass., a cheerful yellow barn houses a…

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