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Does your kid want to be an ice climber? How about a thru-hiker, or paddler? These cities have just what you need.
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Does your kid want to be an ice climber? How about a thru-hiker, or paddler? These cities have just what you need.

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Birder

Ithaca, NY

Sapsucker Woods is home to dozens of avian species and Cornell's world-famous Lab of Ornithology.

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Ice Climber

Conway, NH

Two climbing schools, four-season cliffs at Cathedral Ledge, and a loooong ice season

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Kayaker

Sylva, NC

A virtual nest of rivers with every class of rapids a kid (or parent) could want, Sylva is home to American Whitewater association.

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Naturalist

Missoula, MT

Local outreach by the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation gets kids into the woods.

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Paddler

Pittsburgh, PA

City summer camps teach skills required to canoe, kayak, and raft PA's river network.

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Park Ranger

Flagstaff, AZ

Start with the Grand Canyon's Junior Ranger program; graduate to N. Arizona University's 13-week ranger training program.

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Rock Climber

New Paltz, NY

Gateway to the 'Gunks and the famous crag's thousand-plus climbing routes

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Skier/Snowboarder

Salt Lake City, UT

Forty feet of annual powder covers backcountry slopes and bowls–plus a half-dozen resorts–just minutes from downtown.

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Thru-Hiker

Rutland, VT

In the heart of New England's mountain kingdom and at the nexus of the Appalachian and Long Trails

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