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Winter Survival Strategies for a Grouse, a Weasel and a Flea

By Cara McDonald on February 24, 2014 We take a look at two animals and an insect for clues to how life in the wild makes it through a long, cold winter in Northern Michigan. Hibernation? Forgettaboudit. Surviving  the bitter cold of Michigan winters requires pluck, resistance—and strategy, strategy, strategy. Whether it’s plummeting into snowbanks,Continue Reading

Beyond the Harvest: Five Ways Gardens Support Your Health

Garden produce provides nutritional benefits, but the very act of digging in the dirt nurtures mind, body, and soul. By Jill Metzler Patton / May 2014 What if some of life’s greatest truths could be revealed by caring for a plot of vegetables? What if much of what we need for well-being could beContinue Reading

The Mind Does Not Belong in a Cubicle

Laura Smith, Apr 28,  2014, The Atlantic                                 Joerg Sarbach/AP A group of 16 people sits in front of large Mac desktops in clusters of three and four at a start-up in Brooklyn. Aside from the steady tapping away at keyboards, there is little noise. It’s six o’clock, and people just want to go home.Continue Reading

THE NATURE-SMART CAREER: 11 New Jobs For a Nature-Rich Future

By Richard Louv, March 24th, 2014 What if high schools and colleges helped students create a nature-rich future, helped them become outdoor entrepreneurs? By that, I don’t mean careers devoted only to energy efficiency. That’s important, but there’s a whole new category of green jobs coming and some of them are already here — nature-smart jobs.Continue Reading

Kids and Hiking

Love hiking? Got kids? So how do you persuade kids to enjoy hiking and the outdoors as much as you do? In search of secrets for turning kids into enthusiastic hikers, we asked around—REI colleagues, Facebook fans, Twitter followers. We picked up lots of good ideas, including this excellent insight: If you can’t think likeContinue Reading

Teaching a Child How to Ride a Bike

Learning to ride a bike is a classic rite of passage and a skill that, once acquired, is never forgotten. Teach a child to ride and you open the doors to a lifetime of fresh-air fun and 2-wheeled adventure.  The method outlined in this article is the one used by REI Outdoor School instructors. It’sContinue Reading

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DURABLE: Building Natural Strength in Our Kids

By Jenifer Joy Madden,  March 27th, 2014 Words we’ve been hearing in the news lately are being touted as good academic medicine by some schools around the U.S. One is resilience—the ability to face adversity with confidence and gritted teeth. Then there’s grit itself—the single-minded stick-to-it-tiveness that welcomes mistakes for their teaching potential. Now comes the even broader term, durable. LikeContinue Reading

Cycling as a Family: Riding Tips

   Bike riding together as a family is a great way to bond outdoors and makes exercise fun for all. Learning how to get your kids off on the right foot, or pedal, is time and energy well spent.   The Goal: Make Cycling Fun When starting out, keep the end in mind. In thisContinue Reading

Cycling with Young Kids

   “How do I get my child started in cycling?” It’s one of the first questions bike-riding parents ask. Happily, kids and bikes seem to be drawn together by a natural kind of magnetism. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can quickly strengthen that bond into a lifelong pursuit. A Child’s BikeContinue Reading