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Finding Farley

I spent the last weekend up at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.  There was an incredible array of outdoor oriented films and many of them were big budget productions with hundreds of thousands of dollars thrown towards plane tickets, helicopters and post production editing.  When all was said and done though, a small budget/big hearted film from Canada won out becoming the first film to win the People’s...

Where the Other You Lives

Discover the Forest is a new website launched by the Ad Council and USDA Forest Service encouraging kids to get outdoors and enjoy their nearby parks and national forests. The site is designed so tweens (ages 8-12) can navigate it and find the nearest park, activities to do, and discover neat nature facts. The Book of Stuff to Do Outside is a downloadable book with activities like identifying animal tracks,...

International Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 7 is International Walk to School Day.  Started in 1997 in Chicago, iWalk has participants in all 50 states joining 3 million international walkers. The day highlights the need for walkable routes within communities. Whether you’re motivated for a cleaner environment, healthier habits, safe streets, or all three, make sure the kids walk to school on Wednesday. If you’re motivated to think...

“Fishy Kid” Coloring Contest

What do you get when you combine crayons, fish and gear?  The Fishy Kid coloring contest. Co-creators Cameron Mortenson and Kevin Powell are two fly-fishing dads who live in the southeastern US.  What started as a coloring book from celebrated sporting artists has morphed into Fishykid.org – a platform for educational tools, personal stories and photos, contests, and general stoke. Motivated by their passion...

Carrie Cooper Slide Show

TOP contributor Carrie Cooper will be speaking about her family’s recent adventures in New Zealand, so if you happen to be in Northern Arizona this coming Saturday and want to hear some stories and gawk at some awesome climbing and surf photos by her husband Kyle George swing on by Flagstaff’s climbing gym Vertical Relief to check out this couple’s inspiring lifestyle.  Show starts at 8 p.m....

Walking to School

My walk to elementary school is composed of snapshot memories. The magnolia trees with limbs made for climbing. The very steep hill. Baseball bats cracking as I passed the little league field. Blackberries.  Towering redwood trees encompassing “Dark” Park. Dawdling and giggling with my sister on our way home. Partly out of necessity, and partly because it was just done that way, my sister and I walked or...

Are You the Parent You Imagined?

For the record, Fitz and I aren’t parents. Yet, even before planning to be a parent, I have an ideal image of the parent that I will strive to be. As our friends embark on parenthood, I continually refine my image with the do’s and the try really hard to avoid thats. We’ve all seen the wide-eyed Dad watching his toddler pummel the grocery store floor in a fit of sugar-crash-induced rage and thought “When...

Mother Nature’s Fireworks

Shooting stars – nothing quite captures the imagination and puts the universe in perspective like a meteor.  It makes us dream of space travel, wonder about the mutable nature of space and time, and stare in awe at Mother Nature’s fireworks.  Hopefully, tonight the sky is clear in your part of the country. Starting this evening, the Perseids, the most famous and regular meteor shower, will be at their...

Duh…being active helps kids stay fit

Actually, it’s not as big a no-brainer as it sounds.  Researchers at the University of Iowa have found that kids who are active at a young age struggle less with obesity even if they don’t maintain activity levels later in their childhood.  Here’s some of the text from the release: “We call this effect ‘banking’ because the kids benefit later on, similar to having a savings...

John Muir: The Original Outdoor Parent?

When I think of John Muir, I think of the solo mountaineer rambling through the High Sierra or the old conservationist fighting to save the Hetch Hetchy Valley from the damn that now traps it beneath reservoir water. Muir as a parent? I’d never hear much about his family life until reading Donald Worster’s acclaimed biography, A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir. In a sense Muir may have been the...
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