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Leave No Trace Helps Kids Reach the P.E.A.K.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. In classrooms and online, its PEAK program reaches elementary students and teaches them how to minimize impacts.

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Outdoor Retailer: Kids Ride High with Osprey and Piggyback Rider

Deuter may command 63 percent of the child carrier market, but it's about to have a few more contenders. Osprey and Piggyback Rider debut kid carriers to haul your progeny into the backcountry and around town.

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Outdoor Gear Joy, Preschool Style

Dithering in your gear selection between stoves? Wondering if the extra ounces in those trekking poles matter? Here's a reminder that outdoor gear joy is relative, and the details sometimes irrelevant.

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Good Outdoor Books for Children

Outdoor kids books can be doubly rewarding: You share time reading, learn about the natural world, and help inspire kids to get outdoors and connect with nature. In honor of Read Across America Day March 2, here are some favorite outdoorsy children's books.

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Snowshoeing: Gateway to winter for kids of all ages

Map winter. Play games. Tell outdoor stories. Visit trails year round. AMC Outdoors, a publication of the Appalachian Mountain Club, has an article on...

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The Gift of Outside: An Atypical Top Ten

See what's on our end-of-the-year, top-ten list for giving the gift of outside.

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Bill to Connect Kids to Nature Introduced

Congressman Ron Kind (D–WI) introduced the Moving Outdoors in Nature Act in the U.S. House of Representatives on November 18. The bill supports federal, state, and local plans that help connect children with the natural world.

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Kids Still Drifting Away from Outdoors says 2010 Outdoor Recreation Report

America’s pre-teens continued to drift away from outdoor recreation in 2009 and cuts to state and local spending on parks and team sports could lower participation rates going forward, according to the 2010 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report.

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Book Recommendation: "Peak" by Roland Smith

Today's kids: often they're stereotyped en masse as lazy, video game players, suffering from overprotective parents and a lack of natural sunlight and...

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Junior Rangers: A new generation of national park protectors

The national park rangers' ranks are growing. The newest rangers may be smaller, but they're no less enthusiastic or passionate about the parks. They're the Junior Rangers of the National Park Service.

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7th grader sets 50 states speed record

Got an outdoor bucket list you've been slowly ticking off? If you're over the age of 12, you should check this out for comparison's sake.

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Outdoor Youth Summit and Festival in NYC June 19-20

A lot of talk and ideas about getting those gosh darn, video-playing, text-addicted kids outside and connected to nature comes from well-meaning (but...

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Do you let kids collect natural objects?

Here's an interesting article from The Daily Telegraph about letting children collect wildflowers, insects, and fossils.

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Kids outdoors + writing = great stuff

It's easy to get discouraged about the lack of outdoor play and adventure in the lives of today's youth, but here's something to make an outdoor parent...

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Junior Ranger Essay Contest winners

If you were a National Park Ranger for a day, how would you describe the national parks to someone who’s never been before? Three kids, 9-12, answered that question to win the National Park Foundation's third annual Junior Ranger Essay Contest.

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