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Technology: New website helps kids go hiking

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If tackling the trail with your kids seems daunting, visit Long Trail Bound, a new website from the Green Mountain Club. It's full of hands-on help and outdoor education resources geared toward getting young people out into the mountains. GMC's Jenna Whitson notes that, "A big barrier to parents and teachers is that they feel they may not have the skills." To that end, the new site offers downloadable PDFs of activities that will help kids develop outdoor savvy, including info about mountain ecosystems and environmental stewardship. The user-friendly activity sheets are aimed at educators, but parents can easily adapt the instructions for dressing "like an onion" or making tree observations with crayon rubbings. The site also includes information about Vermont's 300-mile Long Trail, as well as links to maps, videos and books on hiking with kids in the Green Mountains. Check out the list of suggested family-friendly trails — the pictures alone will inspire you to get a move on.

Long Trail Bound: Info, 241-8323, greenmountainclub.org/longtrailbound.

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