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No-Fly Zone

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / 4774344sean

With the advent of 4G networks and Wi-Fi, gone are the days of hanging a “gone fishing” sign on the door and unplugging. Today’s parents have new and exciting ways to be involved in their children’s activities. Generally, this is a good thing. More involvement means more working parents get to see a child’s game or performance.  Unfortunately, technology also provides significantly more child access for parents who already tend to be over-involved. This month, I’ll shed a little light … Continue reading

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Teeter-Totter Effect

Balance! That’s my word for the year, or maybe for the next decade. In other words, where is the balance between building character and risking harm; between overcoming challenges and feeling defeated, or, even between having fun and skinning knees? Perhaps it’s the fear of uncertainty—or harm—that paralyzes our efforts and causes us to swing the pendulum drastically in the other direction. Championing risk and safety always has two opposing sides to every discussion—risks vs. opportunities. So, when activities like youth survival or aviation … Continue reading

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Timber!

Photos: © Curt Clayton

Located within 1,100 acres in southwest Michigan, the Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) Camp is a nature-based summer program serving campers ages 3 to 18 years and committed to providing “fun and meaningful experiences in nature.” But as the nature center reached its 50-year anniversary, the facilities were due for upgrades.   Inspired by that milestone, as well as the 2005 publication, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder,” by Richard Louv and the No Child Left Inside … Continue reading

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Light The Fire

Photos Courtesy of Bethany McCaslin, Clarksville Parks and Recreation

Early spring brings the sounds of horseshoes clanging on iron stakes from the Swan Lake sandpits, as seniors age 50 and above take aim and throw, flipping the shoes in a steady rhythm, hoping to score a “ringer.” While everyone is a competitor in the pits, with little conversation, they will gather later as friends.  Over at the shuffleboard courts, no one would mistake the sport for a cruise-ship leisure activity. Janet Ramser grips her 6-foot cue stick with grim … Continue reading

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A Natural Partnership Is Born

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Although it was common knowledge that the local Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) store was the place to buy hiking boots and obtain topographical maps, the store was also a great place to find volunteers for the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. History Of Hemlock Bluffs Owned by the state of North Carolina and managed by the town of Cary, Hemlock Bluffs is ecologically unique, with a system of north-facing bluffs and a wealth of eastern hemlocks.  For years, biologists and educators … Continue reading

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