Family travel five: Time for a breath of fresh air
In an era when fresh air is favored, it may be an ideal time to nurture your family’s interest in the natural world.Here are five ways to encourage the next generation of outdoor adventurers.———1. Opt for outside fun.A slew of experts agree that regular, unstructured outside play is critical for a child’s healthy development.To that end, encourage youngsters to head out the door with the freedom to roam, staying safe within set boundaries, guided by their age, environment and experience.Pair free play with plans for regular outdoor activity as a family: opt for cross-country or downhill skiing...
In a coronavirus summer, many kids' camps shutter, others open — with masks, gallons of sanitizer, and no tag
PHILADELPHIA — Some mornings at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center summer camp in North Philadelphia, parents whose children weren’t accepted gather at the fence, watching the campers who were picked play in the sunshine.Bahiya Jones, who runs the site for the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, brings the disappointed grown-ups water and a comforting word. “Maybe next year,” she tells them, explaining how COVID-19 has forced the city to drastically reduce camp enrollment numbers.“The neighborhood is so upset,” said Jones, able to accept just 40 children instead of the usual 1...
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'It felt like a gut punch.' NCHSAA delays start of NC high school sports. What's next?
Wednesday afternoon, Myers Park High football coach Scott Chadwick said, felt like “a gut punch.”One day after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the state’s public schools could reopen under a modified plan to allow in-person and remote learning, the N.C. High School Athletic Association announced it would delay the start of high school practice until at least Sept. 1.NCHSAA rules state that football players must have at least eight practice days before playing, including three in full pads. Teams usually practice at least two weeks before playing, but the earliest date a team could play, af...
The Charlotte Observer
Pandemic has harmed fundraisers that conservation groups depend on them
MINNEAPOLIS — Contrary to the surge in hunting and fishing during the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota’s wildlife conservation groups are retrenching to cope with a fundraising crisis.The National Wild Turkey Federation laid off 51 employees recently as a consequence of COVID-19. Staff cuts have hit other groups to a lesser degree, and they’re all scrambling to replace revenue lost in the mass cancellations of spring membership banquets. For charities devoted to outdoor causes, those gatherings provide a mother lode of revenue.“We’re talking millions of dollars that are not being raised,” said ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Protests don't appear to be driving coronavirus surge, researchers say
SEATTLE — Spring brought a wave of cancellations that shut down professional baseball, basketball, concerts, movie theaters, youth sports, school plays, camping in state parks and all sorts of other events to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.Then, on May 25, came the brutal death of George Floyd as a Minneapolis police officer held a knee to his neck, an act of violence that set off large protests in a powerful grassroots justice movement that also unfolded as a kind of mass experiment about the risks of such outdoor gatherings amid a global pandemic.More than one month after Floyd’s d...
The Seattle Times
Editorial: It's going to be a Clark Griswold kind of summer
If Americans took our national parks for granted before, they probably don’t anymore. Long weeks in COVID-19 lockdown, it turns out, have a way of renewing your appreciation for outdoor adventure. And with air travel and resort vacations in a holding pattern, many more families will be taking road trips this summer, Griswold family-style (minus, hopefully, the unfortunate death of Aunt Edna).The heightened appeal of natural places and the need for them may have even played a role in motivating federal lawmakers to overcome partisan divisions to pass legislation for all of us.Last week, the Sen...
Dennis Anderson: Minorities lend their voices to outdoors activism
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota graveyards are crowded with conservation champions, many of them little-known because they were women, American Indians, African Americans or members of other races or ethnicities whose work occurred outside the state’s environmentalist mainstream.Indeed, while Minnesota rightly tallies among its all-star conservationists a lot of dead white guys, deserving of such recognition as well are many residents who are very much alive, among them increasing numbers of women and people of color.Count among these Thurman Tucker, 76, whose sincere interest in Minnesota’s wild plac...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
On the ground in Wisconsin: Trump's team goes door-to-door while Democrats stay virtual amid the coronavirus
WAUKESHA, Wis. — Craig Black likes to refer to himself as a “born-again Republican,” a man who was “liberal for a long time” but finally saw the political light a few years back.He converted in time to become a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump, a devotion that included celebrating the reelection-seeking Republican’s 74th birthday recently by knocking on doors for the Trump campaign in suburban Milwaukee.“This is a crucial election. It’s about our freedoms and our liberties, and that’s why I’m volunteering any spare time I get,” said Black, a 73-year-old pharmacy driver and retired n...
What will Disney life be like for the Heat? Details from the NBA's 113-page safety plan
Life inside the NBA’s Disney bubble for the Miami Heat will include a Players Only Lounge, time in the pool, trails for running or riding bikes, salon services, golf course access, 24-hour VIP concierge and daily entertainment.Those are just some of the amenities that will be offered to the 22 NBA teams that will convene just outside of Orlando at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to resume the 2019-20 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams will begin to arrive at Disney on July 7 and training camps in the Central Florida bubble will run from July 9-29 and will include three scrimma...
After viral Central Park video, black birders take flight with help from Philly scientists
PHILADELPHIA — Brianna Amingwa and Lamar Gore stopped in mid-conversation when their ears caught a trill above the marshland at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.They quickly settled on the source: a warbling vireo, a tiny songbird with a big-throated sound that rises and dips as if asking the same question over and over.While birding is a booming outdoor activity, Amingwa and Gore, both African American, fit into a much smaller slice of it that they hope grows.The experience of black birders came to the forefront last month after a white woman called police on Christian Cooper, a...
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