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» CLICK IMAGE ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW   When AMC’s Mountain Leadership Committee (MLC) was established in 1958, it came with a clear agenda: a multifaceted campaign “in response to the growing need for action in the field of mountain safety,” as announced in Appalachia. Although the backpacking boom wouldn’t fully hit for another decade,…

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It was late one night in September 2014, probably past midnight, and my wife, Sarah, and I were in the garage, bolting 5-gallon buckets onto our kids’ bikes. Together with a bike trailer, these “poor man’s panniers” would carry all of our food, clothing, equipment, and tools for the five-day bike-camping trip on which we…

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We awoke to a mist hanging over the water, creeping up the mountain on the opposite shore. It was a crisp fall morning, a little late in the season for most paddlers, and only a few hardy souls were out on Middle Saranac Lake, in New York State’s Adirondack Park. Even so, my 11-year-old nephew,…

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We asked Mike Lynch, a lifelong paddler and the author of Canoe Camping with Kids: An Overnight Adventure on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, for the key guidelines every first-time canoe camper should follow—especially parents heading out on the water with kids. For more tips on introducing your children to canoeing and kayaking, check out…

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Fresh off of two years of record-setting growth in AMC’s volunteer trail programs, managers have added new projects for 2014, expanding the scope and geographic reach of trail maintenance work. For instance, performing brushing, drainage, and erosion-control work on the Pacific Crest Trail in southern California is a new option for trail volunteers as part…

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When parents consider how a child learns to appreciate and understand the natural world, they often focus on time spent outdoors. But there can be a connection to time spent indoors: kids poring over descriptions and explanations, photographs and illustrations, as if learning in the laps of naturalists who came before. I recently talked with…

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If you’ve got kids who ski, or your children are ready to start, one of the big decisions is how to equip them. Buy, Lease, or Swap? If you are going to go skiing or snowboarding more than a few times a season, it probably makes sense to buy or lease the necessary equipment. This…

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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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As the days shorten and Halloween approaches, you might think the dark hour after a family dinner is best for staying inside, or for going out only on one special night full of costumes and candy with lots of neighbors and friends in the street. But recently our family has been enjoying an experiment with…

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From art projects to scavenger hunts, these fun foliage activities will help kids enjoy the outdoors and learn a bit about the changing seasons. 1. Make Leaf Rubbings. It’s a classic activity that kids love. With your children, go out and collect fallen leaves. Back at your project area, have the kids place the leaves vein side…

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