School Groups

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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When winter arrives in the Northeast, the familiar world is transformed. Animals vanish, either migrating or hibernating. Frost forms delicate patterns on your windows. Temperatures drop and days get shorter. These seasonal changes create countless learning opportunities. Teach your children about winter with a few simple science projects. 1) Make instant snow. The concept is…

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You want to spend time with your children outdoors. But except for some big vacations and the occasional hike, it doesn’t seem to be happening. If you hope to get your family outdoors more regularly in the coming year, here are six tips to help make it happen. Relax. Research has found that most children…

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Photo by liveslow/iStock.com. Winter is a great time for kids to be outdoors. Snow allows for all sorts of activities that are not possible in the summertime. However, winter conditions also introduce new risks. Here are some winter precautions you can take to safely enjoy winter with your children. 1) Apply sun protection. Even in…

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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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Although winter is just approaching, I’m thinking ahead to next summer—and you may want to soon. Most of AMC’s camps start registration in January. Our daughter, who recently turned 5, is already clamoring for us to return to Echo Lake Camp. With its waterfront location, volunteer-led hikes throughout Acadia National Park, and comfortable camp living,…

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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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Photo:  iStock Many parents dread hearing their child say, “I’m bored.” However, letting your children be bored can actually help them become active. It sounds counter intuitive, but by allowing them “bored” time, you can boost their creativity, independence, and ability to take safe risks. “Children who experience a lack of programmed activity are given…

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Bring your family to the Berkshires of western Massachusetts for bountiful summer wildflowers, rambling hikes and bicycle rides, and real dinosaur footprints that will fascinate young T. rex fans. Here are four suggestions for your next outdoor getaway. Ice Glen and Laura’s Tower in Stockbridge, Mass. Author Nathaniel Hawthorne called Ice Glen, which is just…

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