Time outdoors is a vital part of life for all people, of all ages, everywhere. I'm passionate about getting kids to be outdoors and encounter nature, and about ensuring that there will always be a wild outdoors for the children of the future. This blog will be about our experiences camping as a family, the growing movement to get kids outdoors, finding nature in the city (there's a lot more than you might think!), and taking action to protect the earth. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful.

NYC Wildflower Week Is Back May 10-18, 2014

NYC Wildflower Week comes back this year for the week of May 8-10. This is a wonderful series of events that bring attention to the city's endangered and vanishing plants and natural environments. This year there will be more than 30 events in all 5 boroughs. Check out the website at nycwildflowerweek.org for more information—coming soon or sign up for the mailing list to get an advance sneak peek.

Winter Edition of Outdoors in NYC Is Available

The winter edition of the Parks Department's quarterly publication, Outdoors in NYC, is available online now in a PDF version. Outdoors in NYC lists all of the free activities and programs throughout the parks system in the five boroughs. From Winter Photography to Emergency Preparedness, the Urban Park Rangers have programs that are perfect for individuals and families—and all are free!

Books That Will Foster Kids' Love of the Outdoors

The blog at Children and Nature Network has a great post lamenting the decline of nature as a theme in children's literature and recommending books for children that can help spark interest in nature. They cite several of my favorites, including Abel's Island, My Side of the Mountain, and The Lord of the Rings. Read it in full here.

Camping in the Hamptons, November 2013

It's finally happened: the boys are at the age to rebel against what their parents want, and for us now that means going camping. Sigh. They actually just grumbled a bit about going and of course had a great time once we set off. That was a couple of hours later than we had hoped/planned; we weren't all packed and ready to go till about 5:30. The drive is about two and a half hours without traffic, and we also had to stop for some groceries and dinner on the way. Traffic getting out of the city wasn't too terrible, but we didn't stop until after 8, somewhere between Islip and Patchogue.

AMC Outdoors: Urban Camping at Floyd Bennett Field

AMC Outdoors has a great article about a family camping trip to Floyd Bennett Field. Although I've known about the camping there and have been to Floyd Bennett for other activities many times, I've never camped there myself. If you want to know what it's like, read the AMC Outdoors story.