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Family-Friendly Eco Activities

Do It Green! Minnesota MayDay Parade and Festival (1st Sunday in May) 612-721-2535 www.hobt.org Make puppets, participate in the parade or just come to watch the puppets float to life. Halloween Harvest Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza (Last week in October) Bare Bones Productions www.bedlamtheatre.org A unique, handmade, nighttime spectacle with giant …

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Forests and Parks in the Twin Cities Metro Area

Nelly Nehring Minnesota Conservation Corps Member Many city dwellers dream of building a rustic cabin in the north woods. We want to escape the city and get back to nature. It is perhaps a response to the seemingly unsettled wilderness so tantalizingly close to us near the Canadian border. City …

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From Wasteful Tourist to Ecotraveler

Jessie Houlihan Do It Green! Minnesota The convenience of tourism, complete with tiny non-recyclable toiletries, gas-guzzling airplanes and over-packaged fast food, leads to an accumulation of waste. In order to revamp travel into a more sustainable practice, we must abandon the traditional idea of tourism and adopt a new goal …

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On the (Budget) Road

Thomas Handy Loon Suzanne Sheridan When you’re traveling on a budget, sometimes it seems like you can’t get anywhere. For the resourceful and cash-strapped hobo/wanderer, however, there is always a way. Getting out of Minneapolis and most other cities isn’t so hard. There isn’t one way that is perfectly safe, …

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Responsible Recreation Through “Silent Sports”

Jenny Keto Midnight Sun Adventure Company Last night the snow fell lightly whispering through the air like a million tiny silver spiders dangling from their threads — a perfect night for cross country skiing! I accepted the night’s invitation and headed to the trail. I let my skis lead the …

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Sports & Recreational Activities That are Damaging to the Environment

Ami Voeltz Do It Green! Minnesota and excerpts from the National Audubon Society, Almanac of the Environment Off-Road Vehicles For many back country hikers, bird-watchers and cross-country skiers, aggravation is spelled “ORV”. Off-road vehicles shatter the wilderness silence, crush vegetation, terrify wildlife, leave rutted trails, and cause erosion. There are …

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The Myths and Facts of Eco-Tourism

Julie Trupke Rethinking Tourism Project Ecotours, adventure tours, sustainable tours, reality tours – if you are seeking a vacation alternative to Disneyland or Club Med, there are certainly plenty of options. However, how do you decide what is right for you, and what kind of vacation matches your values? Do …

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The Necessity of Nature in Children’s Development

Jen Zotalis Do It Green! Magazine With non-stop schedules, a plethora of electronic devices and a devastated image of the environment, children today have little opportunity or encouragement to experience nature as an enjoyable and sustaining presence in their lives. The result, Richard Louv suggests, can be found in record …

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Tips for Reducing Waste While Traveling

Do It Green! Minnesota Parts excerpted from www.reduce.org “The less we take with us into the mountains, deserts, forests or waters, the more their spirit informs and enlivens us. We should be as reliant on our wits as much as possible and on “things” as little as possible. This means …

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