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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Learn to camp as a family during AZ Family Campout Program weekends

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  Have you thought about taking the family camping but didn’t feel confident in your wilderness skills — or your kids’ attention spans for roughing it? Here’s a fun way to experience camping with a little expert help. Sign up for the Arizona State Parks Family Campout Program, designed for families with little or no camping […]

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Camp Colley near Payson offers disadvantaged kids the stars

Ask Sam Poppen what he liked about Camp Colley last summer, and the list is long: “Mountain biking, hiking, sleeping in tents, the archery … and we’d get free time to explore!” says the 12-year-old sixth grader from Orangewood Elementary School in north-central Phoenix. “Oh, and the food is delicious.” Although some families take summer-camp […]

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Moms: Find the gift of “me time”

“I don’t have time for myself” is a common lament among mothers. With work commitments, managing a household and caring for children, finding pockets of  “me time” is a luxury for most moms. But scheduling downtime isn’t indulgent—it’s essential. A few hours for yourself helps you be your best self, and that benefits your family. […]

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Family hikes on New Year’s Day

First Day Hikes

Here’s a great way for families to kick off the new year: First Day Hikes, a chance to visit a state park and take a hike on Jan 1. “We are hoping to have families come out with their toddlers in backpacks,” says Glenn Schlottman, chief of marketing with the Arizona State Parks. New Year’s […]

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4 places where Arizona families explore nature

Thanks to cooler temperatures, exploring nature is especially fun this time of year. It’s a welcome change of pace from holiday errands and keeps cabin fever at bay during the winter school break. We’ve got the scoop on four destinations—three in Phoenix and one easy day trip—where families can explore nature and entertain holiday visitors. […]

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i.d.e.a. Museum opens “Jeepers Creepers” exhibit

“I hate bugs with a passion, but this is beautiful,” a Phoenix woman shared with me via social media Thursday night. She had seen a photo from the new “Jeepers Creepers: Bugs in Art” exhibition at the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa, which is filled with insect-related artwork, facts and hands-on activities. Large red and black […]

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Exploring petroglyphs and planes in Deer Valley

Families looking for a fun day trip can enjoy petroglyphs and planes in a single outing to Deer Valley, which is home to both Deer Valley Rock Art Center and Deer Valley Airport. Deer Valley Rock Art Center opens at 8am this time of year. It’s best to go early so you can walk the trail […]

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Biomimicry helps students blend art and science

If you’ve ever seen a preschooler fasten the Velcro® strips on a pair of sneakers, you’ve witnessed the wonders of biomimicry, which uses properties found in nature to solve human problems. Turns out we owe the invention of Velcro to a Swiss engineer who got curious after a day of hunting. He came home and […]

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Family fun with “FairyWorlds!”

You’re more likely to see butterflies than fairies at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. But fairies are afoot these days as the garden welcomes “FairyWorlds!”, a family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It’s being performed by Southwest Shakespeare Company of Mesa through Sunday, June 1 on the garden’s outdoor events stage. This […]

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Family fun at “Camp Dreamtree”

Families can blend their love of books and nature with an interactive art installation called “Camp Dreamtree,” which is being presented by Scottsdale Public Art through Thursday, July 31 at The Gallery @ The Library, an exhibit space located inside the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. Camp Dreamtree is the creation of Phoenix artists Roy Wasson Valle and Koryn Woodward […]

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