Turtle Back Zoo Features Medieval Times to Welcome Komodo Dragon

To celebrate the arrival of our their komodo dragon and the Chinese "Year of the Dragon", performers from Medieval Times be visiting the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange New Jersey. Performances at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm and the rain date is July 21st.

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Great American Backyard Campout 2012 Scheduled for June 23

Over the last two decades, kids have been spending less time outdoors are now spend more than seven hours per day in front of electronic media. The American Academy of Pediatrics cautions parents to limit their kids' screen time and studies indicate that time spent outdoors enables children to increase physical fitness, improve creativity, increase attention spans and enhance classroom performance.

USDA Forest Service Commits $1 Million to Get Kids Outdoors

Agency conservation education grants will benefit children's projects in 18 states

On March 2nd, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the USDA's $1 million in cost-share funding from the U.S. Forest Service to enhance children's programs in 18 states. The programs encourage kids to connect to the outdoors and explore nature. These Forest Service grants coincide with President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative and Michelle Obama's Let's Move! program.

Merrell Encourages Outdoor Recreation through 2012 Mud Runs

Merrell extended its multi-year deal with Michael Epstein Sports Productions (MESP) as title sponsor of the Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud and Obstacle Series. Racers compete on either 5K or 10K courses that feature military-style obstacles, mud crawls, and strength challenges. Smaller family members can participate in the fun with an Adventure Kids one-mile mud run or a shorter adventure dash that end in a large mud pit where they crawl to the finish line. The racing series premiered in 2010 and the 2012 tour expands to ten markets across the country.

New Jersey First Day Hikes 2012

To celebrate America's State Parks First Day Hikes, the New Jersey State Park Service is organizing eight free guided hikes and a horseback ride on New Year's Day 2012. America's State Parks First Day Hikes is a nationwide initiative to offer families an opportunity to begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2012.

America’s State Parks Celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes

Washington D.C. - America's State Parks announced that all 50 state park systems will provide free, guided First Day Hike Programs on New Year’s Day 2012. Families can begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a First Day Hike on January 1, 2012 at a state park. Families welcome the New Year by enjoying the outdoors together.

WGCU Curious Kids Trail Mix Recipe

Jake and Raphael from WGCU Curious Kids show how to make trail mix with nuts, dried fruit and puffed corn. Also, Betsy M. Opyt, RD, LD/N describes why trail mix is both healthy and tasty.

Family Hiking Day on the Appalachian Trail

On September 24, 2011, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and its 31 Trail Clubs will be holding the first annual Family Hiking Day. The event is designed to introduce families to the Appalachian Trail and the benefits of a healthy outdoor lifestyle.

Families Get Outdoors at the Second Annual NJ WILD Outdoor Expo

Families who love the outdoors should check out the 2nd Annual New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo on September 17 and 18, 2011 at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Ocean County, New Jersey. The Expo provides information and demonstrations for a range of outdoor adventure activities that are available in New Jersey.

The King of Snakes

Kingsnakes are touted by a lot of people in reptile keeping as one of the ‘better’ snakes to start with. Their popularity in reptile keeping cannot be denounced; my personal experiences with both wild caught and captive bred Kingsnakes Lampropeltis getula leaves something to be desired. That’s for a later time though. Let’s get a better idea of Kingsnakes Lampropeltis getula and how they fit into the realm of Colubrids (basic snakes).

A King among Serpents