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Parent-Child Nature Program Tiny Treks Celebrates 13th Anniversary

Tiny Treks, a pioneering parent-child outdoor nature program based in Palo Alto, CA, recently celebrating its 13 year anniversary. Pam Worth, who has over 27 years of experience in the child development field, founded Tiny Treks as a means of helping families get outdoors and in touch with their natural environment. Worth and her fellow teachers explore nature in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Chicago.

Two Minute Tour: Hacklebarney State Park NJ

Located in Long Valley, NJ, Hacklebarney State Park offers over 900 acres of wooded beauty. It is a great destination for outdoor adventure with the family.

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The Impact of ‘Nature-Deficit Disorder’ on the Health of Children

SAN FRANCISCO – Children can more easily identify obscure cartoon characters than the native plants and animals that live outside their front door. And this lack of connection to the natural world can have a profound impact on their health and well-being.

Richard Louv, the author who coined the phrase, “nature-deficit disorder,” will address this issue in a plenary address at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition Saturday, Oct. 2. His talk is scheduled to begin at 11:10 a.m. PT at the Moscone Center.

New Jersey's First-ever WILD Outdoor Expo September 25-26

TRENTON, NJ - If your family has wanted to learn how to fish, backpack or enhance your family camping trips, this month New Jersey will be offering a great opportunity. You can pick up tips and insights on NJ's great outdoors from the experts during the Department of Environmental Protection's first-ever WILD Outdoor Expo Sept. 25 and 26.

The 2010 Fall Foliage Season In New York State Is Underway

First signs of colorful fall foliage emerging in Adirondacks and Catskills regions

Albany, N.Y. - And they’re off! The 2010 foliage season in New York State is officially underway as the first significant colors of autumn are appearing in the Adirondacks and Catskills regions, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NEW YORK program.

Escaped Leopard Shuts Down Turtle Back Zoo; No Public Danger

Late morning on Sunday, the Turtle Back Zoo was put in lockdown mode when a leopard was discovered missing from its cage. Zoo patrons were moved to a safe areas while the zoo was in lockdown.

The missing leopard was an Amur leopard named Megan who had lived at the zoo for 4 years. She was found behind a retaining wall in a zoo service building and had never been in public areas. While the public had never been in danger, the zoo followed its procedures for the event of a missing animal. Zoo staff issued a 'code red' lockdown, closed zoo gates and moved patrons to safe areas for their protection.

Fall Fun in the Hudson Valley

Top 10 Festivals Celebrate the Harvest and Autumn Foliage

Orange County, N.Y. - The snap in the air that turns the leaves such beautiful shades of red, copper, and gold also ushers in entertaining fall fairs and festivals just an hour outside Manhattan. Knights in shining armor and Applefest are just part of the fun marking the mid-Hudson’s salute to the season. Fall is a wonderful time to be out and about on weekends, and getting there is double the fun when you can take in the colorful foliage. Count on finding music, entertainment, vendors, food and fun at all of these great events, but as you’ll discover, each has its own special charm.

Behind-the-Scenes Look at new Turtle Back Zoo Aquarium

On Thursday evening, I was invited to the Turtle Back Zoo for a special blogger event to get a behind-the-scenes look at the zoo's new aquarium. Zoo Director Dr. Jeremy Goodman kicked off the evening by providing an overview of the construction project and the forthcoming exhibit. He then took groups on tours of the new facility and the zoo's animal hospital.

The aquarium is located within the building that had formerly been the monkey house. The monkeys themselves have been relocated to the South American exhibit. There are 5 tanks within the facility, including a main 900 gallon tank that is modeled after a coral reef. The tanks will offer a range of exhibits, such as a clown fish tank, a sea horse tank and a venomous fish tank. The building was retrofitted with an extensive pump and climate system to keep the water in each tank within a precise range of temperatures.

Outbound Family founder Justin Powell interviewed for Backcountry Radio podcast

I was interviewed this week by Dave Pidgeon at Compass Points Media for their Backcountry Radio podcast. The topic was about hiking with kids and how your outdoor adventures change once your family includes little ones. Dave's a great guy and the interview was a fun time!

Check it out: http://compasspointsmedia.com/backcountry-radio-august-5-2010/

Winner of Garmin GPS Announced

Outbound Family is pleased to announce that Chris D. in Long Valley NJ is the winner of the Garmin GPS in last month's contest! Chris mentioned that he would likely use the GPS for geocaching.

Congratulations, Chris!