Tag Archives: Hiking

Learning in the Park

National Parks are ideal family destinations.  They’ve already done all the work to make it fun and education for your kids.  The coolest program is the Discovery Pack program, available at lots of National Parks (but not all).  We used them at Denali National Park; They’re available at Grand Canyon, Saguaro, Wupatki, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Voyagers, Canyon Lands, Yellowstone etc .  Inside there might be activity guides, books, plant, bird, or animal ID cards, magnifying glasses, binoculars, thermometers, water testing kits, clay for making footprint casts, a blank journal, water color pencils, pastels, pens, blank postcards to create your own.  All to borrow for free in most parks (some ask for a small donation).  Some parks offer ranger programs to teach you what to do with the pack.  Other parks, for example Biscayne National Park, have packs for teachers with lesson plans and all curriculum materials for a group of students.

There is also the Junior Ranger Program.  Each kid gets a booklet Read more »

Juneau, Hiking, and Bears

 

Though she’s denied it ever happened, Ashley spent several weeks talking about her concerns about Alaskan bears during our upcoming hike with the kids into Eagle Glacier Cabin north of Juneau.  Enough so that I was starting to get paranoid too.  It was similar to the time when my mother sent me a book about bear attacks when I was living in a tent in northern B.C. for a few summer seasons back in the late 80’s.  I spent the next month jumping at every snapped twig.  Ashley’s fears were not allayed when she found out that most of the bears around Juneau are the smaller black bear, or when a friend brought a rifle along on a day hike into the muskeg around Bessie Lake a couple of days before our cabin hike.  Nor was she comforted much by the statistic that bears typically don’t bother groups of four or more, and we were going to be nine people and two dogs (one a talkative beagle).  We borrowed bear spray from the B&B. Read more »