Stratton 4th of July Activities Lineup

It’s that time of year again! Break out your red, white and blue attire and light up those sparklers because it’s almost Independence Day. What better way to celebrate than in the Green Mountains with family and friends? The annual Mountain Friends and Freedom celebration features fireworks, gondola rides, live music, barbecues, games and festivities for the whole family on July 3-5.
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On Saturday, July 4, enjoy lawn games, hay rides, dunk tank, glow in the dark hoola-hooping, firetruck display, paintball target practice and other carnival games from 4-9:00pm. Taste the best Vermont fare at the old fashioned barbeque. Take a gondola ride and experience the breathtaking views at the summit. You can even challenge your friends to a hot dog eating contest at 6:00pm! If you have more of a sweet tooth, enter the pie eating contest at 7:00pm for a chance at some great prizes. Jeff Tuohy and the Lustre Kings will take the main stage at 4:00pm as part of the Free Stratton Summer Concert Series.

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Fireworks will light the sky starting at 9:15pm.

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Activity will be buzzing throughout the Village, with caricature artists and face painters and family entertainers  ready to amuse from 4-7:00pm. The Vermont Museum of Natural History will also set up camp in the Village displaying New England’s largest collection of native species. Caricature artists and face painting will be available Sunday in the Village from 11am-2pm.

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Dining Specials can be found throughout the Village, with outdoor patios to enjoy your meals at.

Menu Selections Friday 7/3:

  • Mulligan’s – Tommy’s Famous Split Hot Dogs. Red, white and blue Sangria. Raw bar featuring  iced oysters, clams and shrimp.  Lobster bake special for dinner.
  • Sushi Bar – Fresh lemonade stand.
  • The Fire Tower – 4th of July Picnic Dinner featuring a $25 prix fixe 3 courses. Includes local lettuce salad, Whistle Pig BBQ basted ribs, VT Maple mustard grilled chicken, Mac-n-cheese, strawberry-bluebarb shortcake.
  • Bar 802 – $12 cheese pies

Menu Selections Saturday 7/4:

  •  Main base Area – Old Fashioned BBQ  4pm-9pm featuring Hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs, potato salad, corn on the cob, veggie burgers, chips and watermelon, assorted soft drinks. Cash bar.
  • Mulligan’s – Tommy’s Famous Split Hot Dogs. Red, white and blue Sangria. Raw bar featuring  iced oysters, clams and shrimp. Lobster special for dinner. Breakfast 7-11am.
  • Sushi Bar – Fresh lemonade stand.
  • The Fire Tower – 4th of July Picnic Dinner featuring a $25 prix fixe 3 courses. Includes local lettuce salad, Whistle Pig BBQ basted ribs, VT Maple mustard grilled chicken, Mac-n-cheese, strawberry-bluebarb shortcake
  • Bar 802 – Lobster Roll and tots $15, Fried clam roll & tots $15, Strawberry shortcake sliders $5, Red and white Sangria $5 , All Vermont Draft $5.

Menu Selections Sunday 7/5:

  • Mulligan’s – Tommy’s Famous Split Hot Dogs. Red, white and blue Sangria. Raw bar featuring  iced oysters, clams and shrimp.  Prime rib special for dinner. Breakfast 7-11am.
  • Sushi Bar – Fresh lemonade stand.
  • The Fire Tower – two course prix fixe at $25 Broiled ½ main lobster, shrimp, mussels and clams. Served with grilled potato linguica hash and corn on the cob. Blond brownie dessert bar with ice cream.
  • Bar 802 – $2 Tacos.

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We hope to see you here!

Venture Vermont: Wanderlust Festival

Location

Stratton Mountain Resort. 5 Village Lodge Road, Stratton, VT 05155.

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What to expect

Wanderlust is a yoga, music and food celebration that brings together the world’s most renowned yogis, teachers, inspirational speakers and artists for four unforgettable days. This being my first ever Wanderlust Festival, I can attest to how amazing it is. I practice basic yoga once a week for the health benefits and was not really sure what to expect while entering a class titled “Magical Elements: Black Light.” However, Wanderlust is all about trying new things. And the best part about it is that it doesn’t matter what your ability level is, everyone can join in and practice together.

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Throughout the four days, you can choose from a variety of different types of classes such as:

  • Stand up paddle board yoga
  • Meditation
  • Acro-yoga: using hammocks for an acrobatic experience
  • Black light: yoga in a dark room with blacklights to make your white clothing glow. Wanderlusters walk around and paint your arms and legs with tribal markings that glow, as well.
  • Yoga at the summit of Stratton
  • Small classes of 20 & large classes of 100+ yogis
  • Body specific: focusing on handstands, working your core, or focusing on breathing.
  • Classes to the tune of live music. The closing festival class included the lively sounds of High & Mighty Brass Band and an upbeat DJ.
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Wanderlust acrobatic performers. How the heck do they do that?!

Expect to make new friends, forget all your troubles and dance like no one’s watching. During the closing class of the festival, I hugged at least 5 strangers, danced in a conga line, and relaxed for savasana with 100 people around me.

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Photo credit: Ali Kaukas

Expect to experience a wide variety of musical acts. High & Mighty Brass Band returned to Stratton with their unique sound that you can’t help but dance to. Trevor Hall rocked the stage with his acoustic jams and had everyone clapping to the beat. The Barr Brothers amazed the crowd with their skills on the harp and MC Yogi brought the house sound to the Wanderlust stage Saturday night.

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Expect to sample healthy protein bars and shakes and try new meals from local Vermont farms and restaurants. My personal favorites were the chia bars from Health Warriors & the farm fresh salad from Earth Sky Time. There are also plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. :-)

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What to pack

  • Yoga Mat
  • Nalgene or other refillable water bottle – there are water stations throughout the village to re-fill. It can get hot during the day, and doing all the activities available, you’ll want to hydrate as much as possible.
  • Sunscreen
  • Sweater/sweatshirt/warm clothes- Although it may be in the high 70’s or warmer during the day, Vermont nights get chilly.
  • Rain gear – just in case.
  • Cash – many vendors accept cash only, and you’re going to want to shop around, trust me. :-)
  • Comfortable clothing – after all, it is a yoga festival – bring whatever you would normally wear to yoga or to work out.
  • Bathing suit – if you plan on taking a SUP yoga class or exploring local swimming holes or Stratton pools.
  • A positive attitude and willingness to try new things. 
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Age Range

The festival as a whole is suitable for the whole family. The artists, live music and dancers will amaze all ages and the food to sample will have your taste buds wanting more. Yoga classes are geared towards adults, however, you do not have to be a seasoned yogi to participate. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s a yoga class for you.

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Photo credit: Ali Kaukas

What we learned

Book your classes as early as possible. The more popular classes, such as the Acro-yoga and SUP yoga classes fill up quickly. If a class you really want to take is full, go anyway. You will be put on a waiting list and more often than not, they will make space for you.

Learn more about wanderlust Festivals by clicking here. We really hope to see you here next year. Did you attend this festival? Share your photos on Instagram with the hashtags #WanderlustFestival  #Stratton and #VentureVermont. If you would like to share your amazing experience to be featured on this blog, please contact Cassie at crusso@intrawest.com.

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Photo credit: Courtney DiFiore

About the Author:
11400974_10153466996973689_6866650049873347312_nCassie Russo
| Cassie’s family clicked her boots into skis at the age of 2, and she couldn’t be more grateful. Growing up in Central Massachusetts, Cassie ventured to the snowy mountains of Vermont almost every weekend until her late teens, where she worked at a ski shop as she studied for a degree in journalism. She switched to snowboarding at age 10 & her passion for the sport grew every time she touched snow. You can now find Cassie living her dream of residing in Vermont, pursuing a writing career and strapping a snowboard to her feet almost every day. When the snow melts, you can find her on her paddle board, on the tennis courts and trying to find the next adventure.

This is for you, Dad

By Courtney DiFiore

Dad. Father. Daddy. Pop pop. Whatever your special name, today’s the day we celebrate dads. If you’re anything like me, you may have forgotten today was the day until, well…today! I didn’t prepare, I’m empty handed and, sure, ‘it’s the thought that counts,’ but is it?

As a result, I’ve determined others like me need some help so below you’ll find a list of go-to gifts great for last minute.

Fathers day Blog SliderU.S. Open Challenge – This Stratton Mountain Golf School/Course package is perfect for the father that wants to elevate his game this summer.

Clothes – Some dads are notorious for wearing socks with sandals, pairing black and brown and so on. Get him something he’ll thank you for later when the wife gushes about his good looks. In the Stratton Village the latest styles are always coming in.

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Food – Isn’t that the fastest way to a man’s heart? Satisfy dads sweet tooth with a dessert date or take him to lunch at one of the many dining options in Stratton Village. The cherry is a trip to the summit via Stratton’s Gondola.

SUP Boarding or Kayaking – Does the old man dream of the open sea? Rent a stand up paddle board or kayak for the day.

Season Pass – It’s never too early to give the gift of snow!
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IOU – If all else fails, there’s always the IOU homemade card. It’ll remind him of the good old days of macaroni cards and little league games.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads of the world!

Wanderlust – Not Your Average Festival

By Courtney DiFiore

Wanderlust

[n] a strong or irresistible desire to
Travel • Practice Yoga • Listen to Music
Eat Well • Be Green • Appreciate Art
and create a community around mindful living


Expect the unexpected at Wanderlust. You’ll be surrounded by like minded people all looking to accomplish the same thing, yet differently. It’s poetic actually. You’ll learn, practice, reflect and feel the uncontrollable positive energy that accompanies every Wanderlust. This 4 day festival exceeds expectations and is best described through beautiful visuals.

I can show you a strong warrior pose. I can tell you where the best view is for a sunrise power vinyasa. I can share my pertinacious desire to explore every corner of the globe. But I can’t show you Wanderlust. It’s something to be experienced.

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I can’t describe the calm that settles at ones feet during a dancer pose. How the earth breaths fresh life into your soul with every Pranayama. Everyone’s Wanderlust will be uniquely their own.

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All walks of life will find their way to Wanderlust Stratton. You’ll meet new people and you’ll learn from them too. Share your wisdom, encouragement, your talents and watch the universe expand with love.

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New experiences will present themselves and those wise enough to accept them walk away enlightened. The beauty behind Wanderlust is its depth. You won’t just get a few fun yoga classes and jam out to live shows. You’ll discover new ways to see, be present and move.

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You’ll be challenged and when you are, I hope you grow. You’ll explore and when you’re through, I hope you still desire more. You’ll try something new and when you do, remember success is never giving up.

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Like I said, not your average summer festival.

Venture Vermont: Manchester VT Community Library

Directions

Manchester Community Library – 138 Cemetery Avenue / Route 7A Manchester Center, VT 05255. After taking a right onto Route 7/Main St. heading north toward Dorset from the main Manchester roundabout, the Manchester Community Library is on the corner of Cemetery Ave. on the right with plenty of public parking.

What to Expect

Imagine taking all of the coolest amenities you’ve seen at other libraries (aside from massive granite pillars & lion statues out front) and put them all under one roof – that’s what the Manchester Community Library has accomplished.

The building was finished in Fall 2014, so it is completely ADA-compliant, WiFi-friendly, and has a great open-space flow, making accessibility a non-issue. Make sure to stop in the library’s Commons area upon arriving – note the cathedral ceilings and massive 4-pane windows while you flip through a magazine, take a phone call, or enjoy a cup of coffee at the Café (Mon-Fri). Restrooms and access to the downstairs study rooms via elevator or stairs are also found in the Commons. If you’d like to rent out a study room, visit the Help Desk for access to the Lower Level.Manchester Library - YA Lounge II

The library is home to over 20,000 books, audiobooks, DVDs and more in its Main Corridor, which houses the Help Desk and access to kids-specific reading spaces. The Young Adult Loft contains several computer workstations, stylish furniture, and a laundry list of board games in a unique space specifically designed with teens in mind. For younger kiddos, the Children’s Barn is a fantastic space to foster creative development – volumes of dedicated children’s books, bean bag chairs, and the Kids’ Craft Room, which hosts weekly programming such as PreSchool Story Time. In the Main Corridor, browse tens of thousands of items from Arts & Literature to Nature to Gardening, Health, and Food. Don’t forget to post up near the fireplace at the east end of the Main Corridor in the Mark Skinner Reading Room. Or, try the Adirondack chairs on the outdoor patios & take in some gorgeous VT views. Two entrances to the Hunter Community Room can also be found in the Main Corridor and the Commons. This space is ideal for local gatherings and events, and is one of several rooms available to rent.

This state-of-the-art facility also offers free online classes, technology and computer trainings, local history & genealogy collections, and free summer reading programs for kids. For the kids, make sure to check out the Summer Reading Program, running July 9 thru August 13. Sessions cover music, movement, mad science, and one week with live turtles!

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If you’re not library member, no worries! You can still reference materials in-house, hop onto free WiFi, and relax in a uniquely welcoming & cozy environment. To borrow library materials, however, requires membership. If you’re a Manchester resident, your library card is free! For non-residents (or those simply summering or spending the ski season close by), there are individual & household memberships with annual and 6-month options. Visit one of the friendly librarians to learn more.

What to Pack

 Don’t forget to bring a few extra dollars – the “Liberry” muffins are a must-try & are a super filling treat for just a $2 donation. For something lighter, coffee and granola bars run $1. If you’re using the printer or copier (color prints available as well), there’s a small fee. For an afternoon of reading and relaxing, $5 should do the trick.

Suggested Age Range 

The Manchester Community Library is ideal for all ages! It’s not uncommon for kids as young as two accompanied by their grandparents to enjoy some game-time in the Children’s Barn together – a place that truly offers something for everyone.

What We Learned

 Fun knowing such a “hidden gem” exists right down the road from Stratton Village. Make sure to check out all that the Manchester Community Library has to offer on your day trip to the ‘city’ – it’s worth the drive. Biggest takeaway? Some much needed peace and quiet & some light reading next to the over-sized fireplace in the Reading Room – doesn’t get any better! If you get the chance, don’t miss out on the Summer Wednesday Series. Taking place the first Wednesday of each month from June 3rd – September 2nd, the Series offers unique programs like “Hometown Storytellers” & “Reading and Writing Memoir”, free & open to the public.

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About the Author:

Steve Croucher | Steve’s true passion outside of work is training for off-road triathlon … coaching stevebioMasters Swimming, grinding up local MTB singletrack, & trail running nearby Equinox and Bromley peaks. Originally from York, PA, Steve spent three years in Vail, CO before moving back to the East Coast to coordinate activities, programs, & events with Stratton Mountain. Steve also enjoys cooking, catching The Walking Dead, NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” on Saturday mornings, family BBQ’s, and a strong Moscow Mule on Friday nights.

The Green Apron Competes to be the Better Burger

How do you like your burger? Meat? Veggie? Lettuce, tomato, onion? Blended with mushrooms?

…Wait… What was that last one? Hamburger meat blended together with mushrooms. Hmm, that sounds interesting. Well, as part of a new health initiative, the chefs at Stratton’s Green Apron will be hard at work this summer putting their culinary artistry to the test by competing in the James Beard Foundation Better Burger Project.

Throughout the summer, restaurant guests are to upload a photo of their Better Burger, which is hamburger meat blended with finely chopped mushrooms, to Instagram with the hashtag #BetterBurgerProject. When the contest concludes on July 31, 2015, the top 5 chefs with the most Instagram uploads from guests will win a trip to New York City to cook their Better Burger at the James Beard Foundation Food Conference.

According the the Better Burger judges, blending mushrooms and meat improves flavor, texture and juciness. It also reduces calories, fat and sodium and adding key nurtients like vitamin D, potassium and B vitamins.

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Table Provided by http://www.jamesbeard.org/better-burger-project

The chefs at the Green Apron are embracing the sustainable culture of Vermont and sourcing local ingredients for their Better Burger, and it is delicious.

Green Apron's first Better Burger.
Green Apron’s first Better Burger.

Ingredients

Vermont grass fed Bison

Hen of the Woods Mushroom

Grafton 2 year cheddar

Local Arugula

Grilled Local Heirloom & Tomato

Balsamic Marinated Red Onions and Baby peppers

Sriracha Aioli

Mushroom Demi

Toasted Brioche

I am now very hungry.

So, if you’re at the Green Apron this summer, be sure to try out this delicious, healthy burger and upload your photo to Instagram using the hashtag #BetterBurgerProject.

Author: Cassie Russo

Introducing Venture Vermont: A Vermont Travel Guide

It is no secret that many of our readers and guests may only visit Vermont in the winter time. However, have you ever visited us in the summer, to witness the beauty of the Green Mountains in all its green glory?

This summer, starting June 18, join us on the journey to Venture Vermont and explore Southern Vermont’s best summer
logoactivity spots, all within a short distance to Stratton Mountain. Our goal with this travel guide is to find the best unique activities, swimming holes, hikes, mountain biking trails and more and give you the information you need to know such as directions, gear guides and first hand activity highlights, so your family can enjoy the best that Southern Vermont has to offer. Choose from a variety of lodging options here at Stratton and you can stay comfortably before and after you start your outdoor adventure.

Follow our Blog,  website and social media channels for everything Venture Vermont. We also want to see how you do Vermont in the summer! Share your photos with us using the hashtag #VentureVermont, and your photo and activity can be featured on our channels and you could be picked for special give-aways.

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The best thing about Vermont isn’t the amazing winters; it’s that every season is incredible. The Venture Vermont journey kicks off on June 18, with Stratton’s Wanderlust Festival. Join us on this adventure as we share the wonders of Vermont in the summer – the beauty may surprise you.

For questions, more information or to suggest a place for us to visit, please email Cassie at crusso@intrawest.com.

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5 Summer Activities Kids Will Love

 

Summer vacation is fast approaching! Looking for some new & fun activities to keep the kids busy and active this summer? Try something new and join us for summer in the Green Mountains.   Here’s our top 5 summer vacation activities right here at Stratton. 


1. Stratton Kids Adventure Camps  Choose from four different types of camps, each one allowing kids to make new friends and explore the beauty of Southern Vermont in the summer.

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2. Take a scenic gondola ride. You’ve seen the breathtaking views in the winter, but have you ever seen the Green Mountains actually green? A gondola ride to the summit will give the whole family a total 360 degree view!

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3. Golf as a family. The new 9-hole Pitch and Putt Course at the Stratton Golf School is ideal for beginner and family play. The Stratton Golf School also provides family and kids programs, where you can get personalized coaching from Stratton’s golf pros.

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4. Enjoy the Free Summer Concerts Series on the lawn with the whole family. Each Saturday, a new artist will entertain at the commons, where there will be lawn games and a BBQ. Dancing is encouraged.

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5. Hike & Explore! No matter what age or ability level, there’s a hiking trail for everyone in the family. Along the way, make it fun – see how many critters you can spot, collect fun shaped rocks and splash in natural streams.

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Summer ’15 Event Line-Up

By Courtney DiFiore

Officially, summer starts June 21st, but at Stratton we’re starting early! Our 27-hole Championship Golf Course is open, tennis is in full swing, and hikers & bikers have been flocking to the mountain. In addition to the many summer activities we offer, this year’s event lineup should get you excited.
Stratton TennisKicking things off is a Memorial Day Doubles Tennis Tournament May 23-25 followed by the Golf Course Expo May 24.
Stratton's 27-hole Championship Golf CourseSoon after is Wanderlust! Returning to Stratton June 18-21, Wanderlust is a place for yogis alike. This festival of music and yoga is infused with amazing workshops, wonderful speakers and great food.
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Then July 4th rolls around beginning our annual Free Summer Concert Series. If you enjoy jam bands and tribute bands, you’ll love the line-up.
Fourth of JulyCome July, we’ll welcome cyclists from all over for the Tour de Grace on the 11th and Tour de Bondville on the 18th. The last cycling event bringing enthusiasts for the area is on August 12 – The Vermont Challenge.
Vermont CyclingFinally, we end the summer with Labor Day celebration and huge Tent Sale.
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8 Ways to Make a Difference this Earth Day

By Cassie Russo

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Happy Earth Day! Ahh, spring time, we meet again.We taste fresh fruits & veggies, hear birds chirping, smell fresh flowers, touch green grass and see trees budding once again. We use all five senses every day to absorb nature’s beauty, and it is especially important to celebrate Earth Day this spring so we can keep enjoying the earth’s natural beauty.

Want a longer ski season? I’m no scientist, but I do know that every person’s actions, even small ones, make an impact on the environment. So, join us & do your part to reduce global warming, go green and most importantly have fun with our Earth Day to-do list below!

1. Pick up litter. You’d be surprised how much trash comes around after the snow melts!

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2. Support local farmers. Sustainable, organic, delicious.

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3. Recycle, recycle, recycle!  Our goal at Stratton is to implement zero landfill resort-wide by 2017.

4. Be. energy conscious. Shut lights off when you’re not in the room & unplug chargers when not in use.

5. Bike to work! You will reduce air pollution and get a great exercise. A bit too far to bike? Carpool or take public transportation.

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5. Plant a Tree. We loved skiing through them this season, so give back and plant one in your neighborhood.

6. Use a re-usable water bottle to help reduce plastic waste. You can save as many as 300 plastic water bottle from going to a landfill by using a re-usable water bottle.

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7. Take a hike. Enjoy what’s in our backyard. Grab your friends and enjoy the natural things on Earth Day!

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8. Educate others. Pass on your going green tips!

 

What’s on your to-do list this Earth Day? Share with us on Facebook!