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Make Tracks With Columbus

To celebrate Columbus Day on Oct. 13, you and your kids can 1) draw pictures of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria; 2) make sailors’ hats out of sheets of old newspapers; or 3) go take a hike.

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) hopes you’ll choose No. 3.

Go take a hike on Columbus Day Weekend.

Go take a hike on Columbus Day Weekend.

The federation is promoting a new campaign, titled “Make Tracks For Columbus Day Weekend,” which encourages families to get away from their computers between Oct. 11 and 13 and get outside to enjoy nature. How is Columbus a role model? Because “as he explored the new world, (he was) thrilled to discover its natural beauty,” the federation explains.

Its Make Tracks website provides tips for family-friendly outdoor activities and a link to NatureFind, a database to locate nearby trails, walking paths and parks by entering a zip code. Discover NatureFind’s database entries for Sanatoga’s zip code – 19464 – here, or look here for a list of parks and walking trails in Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township.

“Kids today spend half as much time outdoors as children did just 20 years ago,” says Bethe Almeras, NWF senior manager of family programs, “so this antidote to our plugged-in kids is critical.”

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