February is National Bird Feeding Month, and naturally Mass Audubon is a place I look to for ideas and activities to help celebrate our feathered friends, from bird-feeder workshops to the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Mass Audubon formerly ran a program called Focus on Feeders, but this year it phased that independent project out…

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This winter, instead of telling the kids to go outside and build a snowman or grab their gear for sledding, why not provide them with some new ideas? Yemaya St. Clair, co-author of the AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping, says, “The beauty of winter is that many outdoor activities can be enjoyed only…

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For kids who like nature, science, treasure hunts, and maybe even a little friendly competition, a BioBlitz is an ideal activity, one in which a whole family or even a school can participate. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, a BioBlitz is essentially a 24-hour program to find and identify as many species of plants,…

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So, you and your kids can tell the difference between dog tracks and coyote tracks, and you know bear scat is nothing like deer scat, and that owl pellets aren’t actually the same thing as owl droppings (a common misconception). Next time you’re outdoors with your family, whether it’s in the back woods or just…

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After learning how the two experts interviewed in this article became interested in astronomy, some parents may want to run right out and buy a telescope for their children. Both Amanda Thompson, who works at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science in Boston, and Douglas Arion, who, among other things, is a…

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As winter approaches, a terrarium, generally defined as a glass or plastic container used for growing plants indoors, is a wonderful way to keep a little green in your life as well as a creative way to keep kids engaged with nature. I asked two avid terrarium builders for advice in getting started. Faith Salter,…

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