Burn, Baby, Burn: Fire and Human Evolution

When one thinks of camping, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a campfire. Campfires keep us warm, they make us feel safe in the dark, and they allow us to cook up hot dogs and s’mores. We almost take fire for granted these days, but there was a time when people didn’t know how…

Five Bike Races in State Parks

Recently the Red Hook Crit came to Brooklyn, kicking off the bike season in an exciting way. A crit (or criterium) is a bike race where urban cyclists and messengers can compete against pros while racing on fixed gear bikes that have no brakes in a closed course. It’s an exhilarating show of street cycling…

Civil War Camping Recipes

Food of the American Civil War was kept simple by necessity. According to Hardee’s Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics, individual rations consisted of salt pork or beed, desiccated mixed vegetables, and a kind of tooth shattering biscuit called hardtack. In addition to dealing with few ingredients, Union and Confederate soldiers had little cooking know-how since meal preparation was…

7 Celebrities You’ll Want in Your Camping Party

t’s a (potentially embarrassing) fact: most of the world cares about celebrities. We want to know who they’re dating, where they’re going, who their friends are, what they’re really like when they’re not hanging out on the red carpet, or acting behind a camera, or giving interviews to the press. So, we’re planning an epic…

7 Musicians Who Are Way Into Cycling

As Bike Month continues, the thought of biking just keeps on cycling in our heads (get it?) Today, we’re going to give you the lowdown on a group of bikers best known for their musical ability! 1. David Byrne This former Talking Heads frontman has a massive passion for music. He even wrote a book that was…

Birds Stay Warm In the Winter

The weather outside is frightening, you’re freezing even under all those layers of clothes, and the birds? They’re doing fine, dallying from branch to branch, appearing brave and prepared. Though most birds migrate, some are year-round, staying for the arduous months. We wonder, how do birds stay warm in the winter? Like us, birds employ a variety of…

Symbols and Facts in the Butterfly World

With 20,000 butterfly species in the world, the probability of seeing one is very likely; after all a female butterfly will lay around 100 eggs in her short lifespan. Butterflies come in a variety of colors and shapes, all sharing the characteristic of wings and scales. Though most of us are in awe when spotting a…

Songbirds Whistling in the Morning

The most delightful sound when waking up has to be songbirds whistling in the morning, welcoming a new day. If you sleep near a window, it’s heavenly when their airy songs drift into your room. Birders recognize these winged singers as songbirds. There are 4,000 species of songbirds, amounting to about half of the world’s birds. This includes warblers, tanagers,…

First Signs of Spring

The first signs of spring are all around us. Bees flocking to flowers, butterflies shedding their old skin, and birds singing in the morning. Spring blossoms gradually, but before we know it we’re in the middle of a flower field, so slow down, and take notice. Invite the family and the kids on a nature hunt to see who can spot the…

Five Species that Hibernate

Wintertime sends a lot of us hunkering down in our homes, cuddling under blankets and soaking in the warmth until spring comes back around. Many breathe sighs of relief as the weather starts to warm up and you feel more adventurous about getting outside and being active. Although the aversion to leave your bed feels…