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Children attending a day camp climb a huge willow tree at Hartley Park recently. At right Caleb Bastien, 8, clambers down the trunk to look for a different limb to hang from. (Bob King /

Ideas for getting kids outside to explore the outdoors

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Now that we’re in the heart of summer, this is a perfect time to get kids connected with the outdoors. Sometimes, the simplest interaction with the natural world can unlock a child’s curiosity and unleash a lifetime of outside exploration.


We called on some outdoorsy folks for ideas on getting kids into the wild. Here’s what they shared with us.

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