Cross Country Ski New York – Nordic Centers Get The Kids Skiing Without Breaking The Bank
Lifelong Learning | Outdoor Education

Cross Country Ski New York – Nordic Centers Get The Kids Skiing Without Breaking The Bank

Now that snow has returned to the Capital Region, beat the winter blahs with outdoor adventures.  Current spring skiing conditions, with area trails layered in deep powder and temperatures hovering at the freezing point, are ideal for introducing kids to Nordic skiing. Like Alpine skiing, cross country skiing is a risky sport where experienced skiers…

Peak Bagging Cascade Mountain, the Easiest of Adirondack High Peaks
Outdoor Education

Peak Bagging Cascade Mountain, the Easiest of Adirondack High Peaks

Earning entry into the Adirondack High Peaks Forty-Sixers club has long been on my bucket list, and considering the proximity of the 46 mountain peaks, there was no good reason not to give a go. Last weekend, I finally embarked on what will likely be a very long term quest when I took on Cascade Mountain,…

The Sweeter Side of Surf City; Huntington Beach Riot Notwithstanding
Outdoor Education

The Sweeter Side of Surf City; Huntington Beach Riot Notwithstanding

My sister refused to join us at Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California. Her husband, an Orange County native, warned that it was going to be a “zoo,” and didn’t think it would be a good environment for their young children. But even he didn’t expect to wake up to headlines about…

Outdoor Adventures with Kids Strengthen Families
Outdoor Education

Outdoor Adventures with Kids Strengthen Families

I’ve been thinking a lot about why family vacations seem to bring us closer. Developing shared interests and just having time to spend together are big factors, but I think the main reason is that we bond over outdoor adventures with kids. Seven Reasons for Outdoor Adventures with Kids When I first read Extreme Kids: How to…

Waterfalls on the Indian Ladder Trail
Outdoor Education

Waterfalls on the Indian Ladder Trail

There’s one good thing about rainy days–waterfalls. New York has many waterfalls, including the spectacular ones found at Niagara Falls. But in New York’s Capital Region, we’re lucky to have the impressive waterfalls of the historic Indian Ladder Trail in Thatcher Park. What a scenic overlook! On a clear day you can see Vermont’s Green…

A Grand Adventure in the Pine Bush Ends with a Little Moxie
Culinary Arts | Outdoor Education

A Grand Adventure in the Pine Bush Ends with a Little Moxie

Of all the places I most enjoy in New York’s Capital Region, few surpass the Albany Pine Bush. When I was new to the area, hardly a day passed that I didn’t pack my young toddler, Kayla, into the Kelty carrier so that I could explore the hiking trails with my Yellow Lab, Mowgli, by my…