Family Outdoors Guide

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Camps for the Whole Family

Take your whole family on an all-inclusive vacation to a beautiful outdoor destination where the planning is done and recreation options await your arrival. According to the American Camp Association, experiencing a Family Camp—where you enjoy activities and live together in a new, different, peaceful outdoor environment—helps nurture relationships and provide opportunities to improve communication …

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7 Nature Books for Kids

Spring is a transitional season for little humans as much as it is for nature. Like budding green leaves, kids are venturing outside more often, transitioning from weekend winter sports to riding bikes after school. Increasing daylight minutes provides children with time to enjoy warming, sunny afternoons.   Parents and caregivers can harness this opportunity with …

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Beyond Smokey Bear: Teaching Kids About Wildfires

Smoke billowed in patches from Hall Mountain on the east side of Sullivan Lake in the Colville National Forest when my family arrived for our camping stay over Labor Day weekend 2017. Since the Noisy Creek Fire had been declared contained, we didn’t expect to actually see fire when we arrived. After dark, we saw …

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Kids Fishing: 5 Family-Friendly Lake Destinations

Learning how to fish builds confidence in children, teaches them patience and perseverance, encourages healthy living, and helps children to better understand the interconnections between ecology and recreation, clean water, and species habitat.  WDFW biologist Randy Osborn is passionate about the idea of taking kids fishing because it gets them off media devices and exposes …

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Two Oregon River Trips for Families & Beginners

If you are looking for outdoor adventure, whitewater rafting will deliver. But an excellent way to add even more adventure is to spend three or more days floating a longer section of river while camping along the riverbank as you go. The Inland Northwest abounds with such opportunities, and if you are looking for an …

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