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National Park Service launches new “Find Your Park” campaign


Jr. Ranger Day. Chris Valdez and youngster
The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation has just launched a nationwide campaign to encourage Americans to Find Your Park and share their memories and experiences online and via social media with the #findyourpark hashtag more
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Special challenges for special kids in Crested Butte CO


Tony suffers from dwarfism and is autistic. But here at Crested Butte’s Adaptive Sports Center, he literally is king of the hill. more
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At the 9/11 Memorial Museum with unique teen guides


Westport ABC Scholars and teen guides from Stuyvesant High School at 911 Memorial Museum
David Rothblatt has been a New Yorker all his life but his sole memory of 9/11 was being with his mom as she searched for a store to buy milk. Fia adds that next year’s high school freshmen will have been born after 9/11. “Kids need to know even if it is hard,” she and David agreed. more
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The New York Met and Madame Tussauds through the teen lens


Westport ABC scholar Christopher Morales and James Bond was figure at MME Tussauds NYC
If only the Metropolitan Museum of Art had life-sized wax figures of Degas, Monet and Picasso. I’m joking, of course, but I was thinking that watching how much fun our group of high schoolers was having at MME Tussauds NYC. more
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Discovering the beauty, charm and eco-friendliness of Nicaragua


Melanie on horseback ride on overlook of Morgans Rock
The San Francisco family was inspired to come to Nicaragua by friends who had visited with their kids, they said, and didn’t want to spend all their time on the beach — as gorgeous as it is more
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Austin Adventures offers rare-event Ebola cancellation policy


It’s a highly unlikely event, but should health officials report a confirmed case of Ebola within 500 miles of an Austin Adventures vacation host city, the company is announcing that it will waive its trip cancellation fee. more
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A high schooler leaves his comfort zone to help others in Costa Rica


Luis learning to surf
Luis Cruz had never traveled far from home. This summer he got the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica with a group that sponsors community service trips. This is his diary of the trip. more
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Puerto Vallarta Mexico has something for every family


Huichol Indians dance
Puerto Vallarta has something to offer everyone who ventures upon its shores. Beyond the pristine beach lies the opportunity to immerse oneself into the untapped beauty of nature. more
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Make-A-Wish encouraging donation of airline miles


Make-A-Wish is encouraging the donation of airline miles throughout the month of April, as part of Wishes in Flight, to help the organization gear up for the busiest wish granting season. more
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Following the kid — to Nicaragua, the new destination for eco-tourism


Melanie on horseback ride on overlook of Morgans Rock
After years of Taking the Kids, on this trip we’ve followed our 22-year-old daughter Melanie here to Nicaragua, which many say is fast becoming the next eco tourist’s must-see destination, offering volcanoes, cloud forests, rain forests, pristine beaches and a growing number of eco resorts. more
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