Want to create a unique, interesting birdhouse for the birds in your backyard? Now you can, using an album cover from an old vinyl record. The whole project shouldn’t cost more than $5–$10 and maybe even less if you already have some of the supplies at home. It’s a great gift, especially for someone who likes music and the birds.
Spring fever has dogs wagging their tails as they gallivant along forested trails soaked with fresh moist pungent scents. But spring is also an annual coming out party for one of nature’s sneakiest critters. Rain and the warmth of sunny days guarantee a bumper crop of tiny ticks. They balance on one acrobatic little leg on the delicate limbs of low brush just waiting to hitch a ride on your exuberant dog. Lush grass in parks and stream banks camouflage battalions of these clingy invaders as Rover’s belly combs the new green growth and his tail sweeps up the stragglers.
With summer around the corner, here are some identification tips and rockhounding techniques to help you return from the beach with more than just a tan this season--pockets full of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, and other treasures collected along the shore.
Covering more than 60,000 square acres and spreading across Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas, the Ozarks offer endless beauty and solitude for outdoor enthusiasts. Hikes across long ridgetops, into quiet valleys and cool hollows, and through rocky creeks give visitors a chance to view the unique natural and cultural history of the area. Springs, caves, sinkholes, bluffs, glades, hardwood forests, clear-flowing streams, waterfalls, and lakes are the natural gems of the Ozarks.
Given the vastness of this region, selecting a hike can be overwhelming. In their book, Hiking Ozarks: A Guide to the Area’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner detail forty of the what they consider the very best hiking trails throughout the region. And here, below, they share with us their five favorite Ozark trails.
Here at FalconGuides, it’s part of our mission to get kids engaged with the outdoors. After all, who will share the wonder of the world’s great wide-open spaces if an entire generation is more content exploring the World of Warcraft than the nation’s National Parks? But getting the youth to fall in love with the outdoors takes more than simply giving a command like “Go outside until I tell you to come in!”
Washington State is home to just about every type of landscape imaginable. From the shores of the Pacific to the heights of Columbia Crest, you’ll find hikes providing access to an endless variety of destinations. With so much to choose from, deciding on a hike can be overwhelming. Is this an alpine lake sort of a weekend, or does it feel more like you should be scrambling to a summit? Do you want to feel the spray from the ocean or from a cascading waterfall?
To help, we’ve picked five of our favorite hikes from our recent book, Hiking through History, Washington. Each hike is a little off-the-beaten path, so you may not have heard of it, and each offers something special that sets it apart from the others.