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  •  You don't need to travel hundreds of miles (1+ / 0-)
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    to get kids interested in the outdoors.

    While I would have loved seeing the Grand Tetons or Yellowstone when I was a kid, we lived on the south side of Chicago.. lotsa concrete.

    But, within an hour's drive of the city there was
    the vastness of the Illinois prairies..  the huge forest preserves of the southwest suburbs including lakes, rivers and hiking paths.

    In the Cub Scouts we spent nights camping in the forest preserves and hour to the northwest of the city.

    In the summers, our family spent 2 weeks vacationing in the pine forests and lakes of northern Wisconsin.

    I hope inner city kids are still being treated to the outdoors in small doses like this, where they can learn to appreciate being away from urban life.

    Our National Parks have become amusement parks with too many people and all the commercialization that comes with that.  These days, I would much rather find a state park, or no official park at all to commune with nature.

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