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Do you and your kids like to dream up new backyard games? Or are you stuck in a rut and need some fresh ideas? In either case, the CLIF Backyard Game of the Year contest has something for you. If you’re a kid who has invented a game, you can submit it by July 3 for…

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In a bit of spring cleaning, I recently realized that I didn’t share the top posts of the past year as I usually do in January. It’s an interesting list, so even though it’s belated, here are the family outdoors highlights of 2013: the posts that were read and shared most widely. Top 10 posts…

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With the epic winter of 2013-14 finally behind us, who isn’t thrilled to swap sleds, skates, and snowshoes for hiking boots, paddles, and sleeping bags? Living in New York City, the Catskill Mountain Preserve is our go-to destination for all of our weekend getaway needs. During the spring thaw, we plan trips to the nearby…

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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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Cindy Martell, AMC Worcester Chapter trip leader, and the group she was leading reached the peak of Mount Pierce under a bright blue sky one spring afternoon and looked out across the Presidential Range. She glanced over at one member of the group, a woman who had never climbed a mountain before. The trail had…

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In a large fenced park in Finland, Christine Gross-Loh was surprised that mothers were not concerned when their toddlers wandered far away; none chased their kids as American parents would. In Germany, she was astounded to see a 5-year-old boy using a pocketknife to whittle a piece of wood. And when she enrolled her own…

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Swish, swish. Swish, swish. Our skis whisked across the glossy white surface of a field at Dolly Copp campground in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. On this chilly, early spring morning, the campground was otherwise silent and empty. I followed two old friends, Brian and Val, eastward across the snow. In the distance lay…

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Snowshoeing for fun and exercise in the woods and fields close to home doesn’t require a lot of preparation or skills beyond the ability to put one foot in front of the other. But when your adventures take you farther afield into the more challenging terrain of the mountains, a few simple tips and techniques…

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