For any parent or teacher hoping to get their kids interested in gardening, here’s one piece of advice: Go straight to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s gardens and horticultural center, located on the 36-acre Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley, Mass. There, alongside the historic Italianate Garden, the Garden to Table Chef’s Garden, and the Food Pantry…

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When the sun is shining, the skies are blue, and the winds are favorable, flying a kite can be an exhilarating family activity. A number of kite festivals pop up in the warmer months, and a great resource for tracking them is Kites Over New England, a club for flyers of all ages. The club has…

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In 1916, the Moose Hill Bird Sanctuary was established in Sharon, Mass., after Dr. George W. Field gave his estate to Mass Audubon with the goal of attracting birds and people interested in them. Today there are 56 Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries located around the state—and spring is a great time to introduce, or reintroduce,…

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Whether it’s a rabbit in a Rhode Island forest or a moose on a Maine pond, at some point in your family’s outdoor adventuring, you’re bound to meet up with a representative of the local wildlife. Before happening upon an animal of any size, it’s best if your kids learn some basic ground rules. Nancy…

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One of winter’s best, and cheapest, thrills has to be flying down hills on a sled. My Boston neighborhood hasn’t seen much snow yet this year, but we know it is coming any day now! When it does, all the kids will be ready to head out to the Arnold Arboretum for some of the best…

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The shortest day of the year, signaling the beginning of winter, has been celebrated throughout the world in any number of ways: with music, prayer, bonfires, and other festivities. In 2015, the solstice falls on December 22. Since the solstice is on a Tuesday, which may not be ideal for kids, many places are celebrating…

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The more you think you know a place, the more likely you are to be proven wrong. I’ve written about New England—especially Massachusetts—for years, and while I feel like I know every nook and cranny, I’m always delighted to find a new piece of the outdoors to love. Such is the case with Camp Sayre,…

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In the past, getting city school kids outdoors meant playing handball in a brick courtyard. These days, more and more educators are finding creative ways to integrate outdoor learning into their curricula, with efforts ranging from planting rooftop gardens to transforming parking lots into outdoor labs. One such initiative is New York City’s The Natural…

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Adults and kids often have different ideas about what autumn outings should entail. Maybe the adults in the family want to see the changing colors of the leaves, while the kids just want to jump in big piles of them. When it comes to fall foliage, there are several strategies you can try for meeting…

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Just over the Massachusetts border, Nipmuck State Forest and the adjoining Bigelow Hollow State Park in Connecticut offer plenty of outdoor activities, ranging from hiking and camping to fishing and geocaching. It’s also a great place to look for wildlife, like beavers and eagles. On a recent guided hike led by Chief Ranger Bill Reid,…

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