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This Months Feature Story

Nature skills teach young people about the earth—and themselves

By Kira Maddox

It’s the middle of summer on a hot June day. A group of kids trek through Arnot Forest, a 4,000-plus-acre expanse of woodland just south of Ithaca in the Finger Lakes.



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Camp Fair Brings The Fun

A new venue gave Family Times’ Summer Fun and Camp Fair a fresh look, more space and the opportunity to bring different kinds of exhibitors to the eighth annual event. At the State Fairgrounds’ Horticulture Building on Saturday, March 31, visitors got to check out tables filled with summer-program information from stalwart exhibitors such as Syracuse Children’s Theatre and the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse. But they also got to experience a greater variety of displays, such as the two bounce houses, the mobile display from Go Mining Today, and a truck trailer for Games on a Roll that brings video games for groups to your home. The festive atmosphere was enhanced by cupcakes (from ICJ Cookies in Syracuse) passed out in honor of Family Times’ 10th anniversary.
—Reid Sullivan


1.  Inside a Doug Rougeux bubble
2. Sport Center 481’s Lil’ Kickers
3. Faces, painted
4. CNY Karate and Kobudo Schools
5. Stop the Hate, Spread the Hope
6. Go Mining Today mobile mining display
7. Coco the Clown paints a face
8. Syracuse Children’s Theatre
9. Enjoying the promotional products

Michael Davis Photos