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5 Tips for Canoeing With Teens

5 Tips for Canoeing With Teens

Last week Kendra and I took 16 kids from our Outdoor Adventure Club canoeing in a local state forest. For most of the kids, it was their first time in a canoe. Like every other time we’ve taken kids canoeing, it was awesome! And thankfully, uneventful. I credit part of our good luck to these […]

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Hiking Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH

Hiking Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH

What better way to summit one of the most-hiked mountains in the world than by bringing 22 teenagers with you? With my wife and kids in South Carolina last week for their April vacation, I decided to take my other “kids,” from the outdoor club Kendra and I lead, hiking up Mt. Monadnock with the […]

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Noble View Snowshoeing

What Urban Teens Think About Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a relatively new adventure for us. Though I had long been interested in the sport, it wasn’t until our students in the Outdoor Adventure Club asked me to take them snowshoeing that I found the time to learn. Two years ago I took a winter training workshop through the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Youth Opportunities […]

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Hiking West Rattlesnake Mountain in Holderness, NH

Hiking West Rattlesnake Mountain in Holderness, NH

When I resigned from my inner-city high school teaching job in June, I also left behind my position as advisor to the Outdoor Adventures Club. It was not easy for me, but I was elated when Kendra told me she was eager to take the reins and applied for the job. She was officially hired last week – so naturally […]

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hiking AMC Noble View

Exploring the Outdoors With Urban Teens

Camping with a toddler is challenging. Add in eight teenagers, most of whom are not English speakers, and things get even more interesting! As the leader of my school’s Outdoor Adventure Club, I take the kids camping every year. This year we headed to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Noble View Outdoor Center in Russell, MA. Even […]

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Playing with trains at the Wenham Museum

Family Fun at the Wenham Museum in Wenham, MA

Quite some time ago, we received free passes to go to the Wenham Museum in Wenham, MA. Though we kept meaning to visit, something always seemed to pop up and derail our plans. However, this weekend our thirteen year-old niece Jada came up to visit us from North Carolina, and we finally put the passes […]

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Pawtuckaway State Park, New Hampshire

Hiking: Getting Lost in Pawtuckaway State Park, NH

As more and more faculty members (and their kids) join the Outdoor Adventures Club on our excursions, I have been trying to find hikes that balance ease with high reward. With an age range of kids 3 months to 18 years old, this is not an easy task. I want the high school members of […]

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Ava, Cole, Addie and Ty celebrate making it to the top of West Rattlesnake Mountain in Holderness, NH

Hiking West Rattlesnake Mountain via Old Bridle Path, Holderness, NH

This is my third year running the Outdoor Adventures Club at the high school where I teach. (I actually started the club three years ago as a way to fill the void left by no longer coaching the rowing team.) Though it is one of the more popular clubs at school, I have found it difficult […]

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Addie standing on the summit marker of Mt. Major in Alton, NH

Hiking Mt. Major, Alton Bay, NH

Addie has been hiking longer distances, so I decided it was time to let her try tackling a trail with greater elevation gain than we usually experience on our local hikes. This past weekend, she graduated from hills to a mountain! My friend/co-worker Katie, along with five members of our school’s Outdoor Adventures Club, accompanied us on our […]

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Camping at Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, MA

Camping, Hiking, and Canoeing with Teens: Harold Parker State Forest, Andover, MA

I love taking my Outdoor Adventures Club students into nature! It’s a great opportunity to get to know my students outside the classroom, and I love how excited they get when they hike their first mountain or glimpse wildlife they wouldn’t normally see in the inner-city. Last weekend I took 11 members of the club […]

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