• Climate change producing more potent, poisonous plants

    WASHINGTON — Rising levels of carbon dioxide could increase the severity and frequency of poison ivy rashes as the plants grow bigger and in greater numbers and are likely to ensnare more Americans. The plants themselves…

  • Promoting play: The importance of a spontaneous summer

    With schedules bursting with school work, after school activities and summer camps, few kids leave time for spontaneous play. But a local woman is out to change that. Plus, tips for summer play.

  • How to ward off mosquitoes this summer

    WASHINGTON — Want to stop mosquitoes from ruining your summer? For years, campers, hikers and many others who loved spending long hours in the hot outdoors thought garlic pills and vitamin B were the answers to warding…

  • Bear Grylls ‘runs wild’ with celebrities in TV show (Video)

    If you had to go on a survivalist adventure in the wild with a celebrity, who would you choose? Adventurer Bear Grylls has his pick of the litter when it comes to helping A-listers rough-it in his new NBC show, \”Running Wild with Bear Grylls.\”

  • Take a hike: Local trails and area excursions

    Dealing with the day-to-day grind in the Washington area can leave you feeling a bit claustrophobic. Get out in the open air and go for a hike at one of these local spots.