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John Muir was the founder of the Sierra Club. He died on Christmas Eve in 1914. He’d lobbied the government for what became Yosemite National Park. Thus, many call him the “father of the national parks.” When they made those statehood quarters awhile back, California’s featured John Muir. As such, and having been entertained lately…

Taking Kids to the Chicago Botanic Garden

Much of our kids’ time spent playing outside is spent in the backyard. We don’t have a landscaping “budget,” so to speak. I’ve tidied up the flower beds around the deck, moved some bushes since we moved into the house, and several years back I bought some perennials (so I wouldn’t have to keep buying…

Rainy Days Are For the Birds… and Flowers and Trees

It’s been raining here off an on for over a week now. That and the 50-degree weather, it’s a real hypothermia-fest out there. So what’s a family to do? Instead of spending a lot of time outside, I’ve been talking to Grace and Tater about the spring rain and all the green we’re seeing everywhere….

Astronomy Is Looking Up!

Earlier this year, I made an executive decision. The kids would not go to bed at their appointed bedtimes. Rather, we would pile everyone in the car in their pajamas and drive two miles west, away from the city lights toward the receding edge of Colorado’s prairie. We would park the car, douse the lights,…

Mother Nature’s Baby

For today’s post I asked my friend Rob Kristoff to share a bit about his family’s experience outdoors. Rob is a freelance writer who lives on Boston’s North Shore with his charming wife and precocious daughter. He’s written a guide to local mountain biking trails, a must-have for anyone searching out the best trails around…

Our Heads in the Clouds

My daughter’s pre-K class has a fun morning routine. Every day one of the kids in class is chosen to be the meteorologist. The meteorologist goes to the window, takes a good look around, and comes back to report the weather. This is followed with a relevant song. For example, when it’s cloudy they sing…

Camping with Kids

The weather outside is getting better every weekend, and every May my wife and I start monitoring nighttime temperatures to see when it’s warm enough to take the kids camping. We love to camp, though we don’t seem to get enough time to do it as we like. We first took our daughter camping when…

Garden Planning!

In college I read The Good Life by cheap nfl jerseys Scott and Helen Nearing. This began a love affair with books on farming and subsistence living. My shelves are full of them. The great irony is that I’ve never even had my own garden. When I was a kid we had a half acre…

Let’s Make Some Stuff Fly!

Being outside you always find different ways to engage with Loan the natural world. This week the wind is just blowing, and it got us talking about the wind and birds and airplanes. Grace loves to point out long All contrails when we are on road trips, and she can spend hours making and tossing…

All About Balance

Riding a bike gives kids a way to explore and enjoy the world outdoors. But what’s the best way to teach a kid to ride a bike. It’s tricky business, right? Training wheels, scraped knees, and all that running along side holding the seat? Several years back we met some friends at a park in…