OUTDOORS

The observation of bugs creates a fascinating introduction for budding naturalists into biology, ecology, the environment, and even health, creating a challenging and inspiring environment for outdoor STEM learning. Our Junior Naturalist lesson plans are comprised of week-long curriculum, focused on one nature-based subject, inviting kids and parents to get outside and explore the world
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The observation of trees creates a captivating introduction for budding botanists and arborists into the science of fungi, microorganisms, and giant trees, while providing a bold and exciting curriculum for outdoor STEM learning. Each one of our Junior Naturalist lesson plans contains a full week’s worth of activities, centered around a specific, nature-based theme, encouraging
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by Jennifer Fontaine – Do you ever feel weighed down by your environmental footprint, but then get overwhelmed with taking that all-important first step to a greener, more sustainable life, not just for your health, but for the environment? Research already tells us that green dwellings, particularly those that make use of efficient and natural light,
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Observing and learning about the importance of pollinators fosters a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of living things and their environment, while cultivating a profound desire to conserve and protect our delicate ecosystem. Each one of our Junior Naturalist week-long lesson plans takes kids outside with daily outdoor learning assignments that involve a wide variety
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Whether she’s your adventure partner for life, your audaciously courageous sibling, or your resolute mother-in-law, if she loves experiencing the world, this outdoor gift guide was curated just for her, by women just like her. ~The OFM Gear Editors It can be tricky to find the perfect outdoor gift for an adventurous mom. We get it. You want
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Let’s be honest. We are all exhausted. We are being pushed and pulled in too many directions, placed in difficult situations that we may not be prepared to handle. Homeschooling, co-schooling, digital schooling, hybrid schooling, worldschooling, roadschooling, wildschooling, unschooling. No mater what your family has chosen, it’s right for you. Since March, we have really
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The outdoors are more of a refuge for us now than they’ve ever been before. From hikers, backpackers, and campers to road trippers, van lifers, powder chasers, and even outdoor-loving pets we checked off every box to make sure there’s something for every kind of adventurer in your life. Support us! Outdoor Families Magazine may
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Trent Marsh   05.03.21 Aside from your weapon and your clothing, your hunting pack is probably the next most important piece of gear you can take on a hunt. Without it, it’s tough to get the rest of your gear into the woods, after all. Choosing a pack is a lot like choosing clothes. Just because a
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Trent Marsh   04.29.21 Hiking boots get all the attention, but if you aren’t choosing the right hiking socks you’re going to end up with issues. Choosing the right socks for hiking can help prevent blisters, keep odor down, and avoid general discomfort while trekking the trails. Choose poorly and you’re practically sending your little piggies to
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Derrek Sigler   04.29.21 A wise man once told me when I was much younger than I am now, that one should never, ever venture into the wilds without a good knife. He went on to add that anyone who goes hunting must carry a knife – Period. That was some pretty sage advice and I have
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Derrek Sigler   04.27.21 There is no denying the exploding popularity of kayaks for getting out and enjoying the great outdoors. While kayaks have been around for over a century, recent advancements and a general desire to get outside has driven the market and created more options for people looking to hit the water. One of the
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John Chodkiewicz   04.23.21 You have probably heard the old saying “Beware the man with one gun,” but what about “Beware the man with one holster?”  Being proficient with each holster system you plan to use for concealed carry is important. After all, nobody wants to be fumbling with an unfamiliar system when seconds count,  but does
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Trent Marsh   04.23.21 The old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, might fit nowhere better than in firearm care. Keeping your gun cleaned and oiled means it should serve you flawlessly for decades. On the other hand, a gun that hasn’t been properly cleaned and oiled is a malfunction waiting to
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Jordan Estrada   04.22.21 As the ammunition shortage of 2020 evolves into 2021’s wasteland of “Slim Pickings”, handgun accuracy is more important than ever. Whether you’re honing your skills at the range or putting your weapon into service, there’s no excuse for wasting ammunition in today’s “dollar-a-round” shooting economy.  A pistol laser sight is a great tool
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Ben Ryder   04.19.21 In this review, we are going to take a look at the Kel-Tec RDB Defender, a 5.56 bullpup rifle built for defense, but used for hunting on a recent trip down South. So, before we get in to the Kel-Tec RDB Defender, I’d like to preface things by saying the defender could be
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Derrek Sigler   04.19.21 No one really likes getting wet, especially when spending the whole day on the lake or in the field. The rain doesn’t always play by the same game plan as you, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting out into the great outdoors. We took a look at the latest rain gear for
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Ben Ryder   04.16.21 In today’s review, we are going to take a look at the Banish 30 from Silencer Central, one of the best sound suppression devices I have had the pleasure of using. Banish 30 in the field. There is an old saying which is completely unrelated to the world of firearms, but something I
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Justin Mastine-Frost   04.16.21 Backpacking knives are yet another category that’s a bit of a grey area, much like camping knives as we’ve covered in the past. That said, when you’re traveling with a heavy pack, whether for a single day or several, weight is a key concern. You’ll want something of reasonable size and strength to
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Luke Cuenco   04.14.21 The micro-compact striker-fired pistol market just received its latest contender! Joining the ranks of Glock, SIG Sauer, and Springfield, the new Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus is the latest double-stack 9mm micro-compact pistol to put its name in the ring. Although Smith & Wesson is a little bit late to the game,
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Trent Marsh   04.09.21 Sometimes you just want to catch fish. You don’t care how big, you don’t care what species, you just want to feel that familiar tug on the end of your line. Choosing a lure that will work on a given day, in a certain set of conditions isn’t as tricky as we sometimes
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Luke Cuenco   04.08.21 It took me far too long to put any type of forward grip on any of my AR-15 rifles. I grew up in the age of early first-person shooters and as I got older, I ended up associating things like Vertical Foregrips (VFGs) and Angled Foregrips (AFGs) with try-too-hard mall ninjas who were
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