The Hiking Club

Kids in the Rise & Shine hiking club in Brevard connect with the outdoors in their own ways — whether they’re taking photos, wading in waterfalls, or just laughing with their friends.

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A River for All Ages

Susan Brown, coordinator of the volunteer group Transylvania French Broad Stewards, finds that delight in nature can lead to a commitment to good stewardship.

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A Giving Garden

Delaney Cullen wanted to start a garden at her library—the Mountains Branch Library near Lake Lure. But she was only five. How was a little kid going to do that?

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Nature Babies

How many ways can you play with a stick? You can break it in pieces, you can draw in the dirt with it, you can talk about it, you can share it with a friend. A baby on her belly with a stick in her hand could be making discoveries that light up her brain.

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A Summer Working in Nature

Ana Martinez wanted to be more outdoorsy. She knew Summer of Service would mean more time outside. It paid. And it would help her get ready for college. But she didn’t go for it, at first. “I was shy,” she says.

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