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5 Beautiful Trees Found in America

America is a relatively young country, but we have some ancient and distinguished heritage. Our natural heritage includes the trees that exist quietly in our midst. They deserve our appreciation and protection. Here are five of those extraordinary trees.

Top Gardens in New York State

The state of New York is not only beautiful, it’s also plentiful. New York has over 10 botanic gardens, each with its own features and plant species. Here is a list of some of the most beautiful gardens to visit in New York.

Spring Activities for Kids

Many of today’s kids spend more time inside with screens than previous generations who spent much of their time playing outside. Spring is a great time to get kids outdoors and engage them with nature activities.

Best Podcasts for Nature Lovers

For the nature lover, there are many podcasts available to sate your desires for quality entertainment. If you are a nature lover, give these shows a listen.

Native North American Plants and Their Uses

The North American Native Plant Society (NANPS) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to conserving and restoring North American plant habitats as well as all their native flora. Their aim is to also educate people about the historical and modern day uses of these plants, from medicinal and nourishing to clothing and even shelter. Flora of North America (FNA) is an online/printable resource that keeps a database of all the 272 families of both indigenous and naturalized plants and trees currently in North America, as well as their uses and origins.

Notable Natural Destinations in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley in southern New York may invoke images of a bustling urban setting, given its proximity to New York City. However, the Hudson Valley has a number of wonderful places that feature natural environments and beautiful scenery. Below are a few great locations to visit if you are in need of a natural getaway.