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Go for Hike in Harbison State Forest

Enjoy the many trails in Harbison State Forest!  Pick up a map at the parking lot and pick a trail that suits your family's abilities.  Try the Stewardship Trail and learn about the forest. See the Stewardship Trail Guide for more info.

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See this picture?   Print it out and put it on your refrigerator!

This is what poison plants look like.  Teach yourself and your kids to recognize them.  Take this photo with you when you go out hiking or camping. 

A nasty rash is caused by contact with an oil (urushiol) found in poison ivy, oak, or sumac. The oil is present in all parts of the plants, including the leaves, stems, flowers, berries, and roots. 

You can even get poison ivy from other people, so if the oil rubs off onto something like a handle that other people use, it can spread easily through a group from one person's exposure to it. 

If you've come into contact with poison ivy, oak or sumac, a rash can appear anytime from 5 hours to 15 days after you are first exposed. 

You can't get poison ivy from another person's rash, only from the oil so even if a rash blisters and bursts (as it often will) it is not contagious.

If you think you or your child has been exposed to poison ivy, oak or sumac, immediately rinse the possible affected area to reduce the effects and prevent additional exposure. 

If the rash is severe, see a doctor.  While most poison ivy rashes are treated with topical lotions like calamine and over the counter antihistimines, in severe cases a doctor may want to prescribe a corticosteriod treatment. 

The best treatment is to avoid contact in the first place, so learn to recognize the plants, cover up skin that may be inadverdantly exposed while outdoors or use a barrier cream to prevent direct contact with skin. 


Avoid an itchy summer by avoiding poison ivy, oak and sumac!
























1 year 14 weeks ago

Did you know you that anything you can freeze, you can make into a popsicle? Fruit, veggies and pudding all make wonderful fresh, healthy popsicles. 

Making popsicles is something you can do with even small children.  They will love helping to mix and blend your popsicle mix and fill the molds.

Don't have any popsicle molds?  Use glasses or ice cube trays with plastic wrap stretched over the top to hold the stick upright.  Better yet, hop in the car for a quick trip to your nearest dollar store or big box store- they often have popsicle molds that are cheap and easy to use these days. 

One of our favorite popsicles is Vanilla Almond Crunch.  We use vanilla pudding, slivered almonds and rice crispies.  Make the vanilla pudding as directed and let it chill in the refridgerator for about an hour before mixing in the almonds and rice crispies.  It keeps the rice crispies from getting too soggy and helps to keep them from sinking to the bottom.

Pop your filled mold into the freezer and let firm up for at least an hour before serving.  Yum!

How about you?  Post your favorite popsicle recipes here! 

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Summer is here!  How are you keeping your kids entertained this summer?  Taking them out can get expensive but not if you keep an eye out for deals.  This deal is not to be missed!

Kids can bowl two games for free every day this summer at select bowling centers.  Get in out of the heat and watch your kids have the time of their lives learning to bowl.  Many centers have lanes set aside for kids with inflatable bumpers in the gutters, allowing even the smallest bowler to hit a few pins. 

Bowling teaches kids balance and hand-eye coordination in a way that video games can not.  While modern scoring systems eliminate the need to calculate your own score, you can still use the scoreboard to teach math, showing kids how a strike and a spare increase the score more than just for the count of their pins.  

Don't miss out on the opportunity to get your kids out of the house and active this summer for little or no cost. 

Want to know which bowling centers in your area are participating?  Check here: Kids Bowl Free

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