4 Ways to Bring the Outdoors Inside (Along with the Benefits)

With an outdoor business, I think about the outdoors and nature a lot.  But lately I’ve been thinking about it even more as the Pacific Northwest is about to be hit with what could be the biggest storm in 50 years. Buckets of rain and hurricane winds mean my 5 kids will be inside.  With …

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Photography for the Soul

The thundering of hooves charging towards me that fall afternoon should have ended my fledgling career as a photographer.  As a fourteen year old adventurer, I had carefully crawled through the dense brush in hopes of photographing the resting elk herd.  Unfortunately, spooked by an unknown antagonist, the herd bolted for safety in my direction.  …

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Our Answer to the Trouble with Douglas County Parks

Did you know Douglas County has 50+ county parks?  Have you been to all of them? What lasting memories have you made at these amazing public spaces? Well if you haven’t noticed from the tension in the local news or social media, there is not just memory making going on at the county parks these …

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8 Ways to Turn a Boring Hike into a fun Adventure for Kids

Hiking with kids can be a chore.  I recently took my family on a “hike” to scout new trails and gather material and information for an upcoming program.  We planned on hiking about 2-3 miles and finished our trek back at the car after a hot and dusty 2.9 miles. I felt great because of …

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Why You Should Carry a Wilderness Survival Kit (Yeah, I Really Mean You)

When you think of “survival” what comes to mind?  A long running hit TV show? Crazy doomsday preppers and zombie apocalypse fanatics?  How about you?  Do you come to mind?  Well, you should if you ever take a step into the wilderness. I am talking about day hikes and family outings.  I am talking about …

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Springtime is for…Ticks!

Spring is in the air!  Such a wonderful time to be outdoors with the newly blooming flowers and the not-too-hot, not-too-cold weather.  Unfortunately spring also brings out some unpleasant companions like ticks. Lyme Disease and Other Reasons for Hating Ticks Besides the yuck factor of having some bug sucking out your blood, ticks also carry …

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Looking for our STEAM activities?

They’ve moved!  You can find them at our new website STEAM Thinkers.