Author Archives: Jennifer Benito-Kowalski

My Top Three Redwood Stocking Stuffers!

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Still looking for redwood-themed stocking stuffers? Well, look no further! Check out one of my favorite online stores, the Muir Woods Trading Company.  The Trading Company allows you to share your love for the redwoods with simple, fun and unique Continued

Santa Cruz Mountains Old-Growth project. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Give the Gift of Green this Cyber Monday

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Sweaters fade, electronic gadgets become obsolete, but redwood trees last for centuries. This holiday season, forget the frames and nix the novelties. Instead, help protect California’s redwoods by dedicating a tree or grove in honor of your loved ones this Continued

Top 5 Redwood Parks to Visit This Winter

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5. Calaveras Big Trees State Park As the story goes, in 1852 a hunter named Augustus T. Dowd wounded a grizzly bear and chased him into this forest, only to find trees that were three times bigger than any he’d Continued

Save the Redwoods League introduces a new free travel guide for parents and kids

Editor’s Notes: The Family Guide to the Giant Sequoias

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For almost a year now we’ve worked on developing and producing the first-ever family guide to the redwoods. Initially we were going to produce a single edition, but after the writing and editing were underway, we soon realized that we Continued

The Best of the Redwoods 2012

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What an incredible year for the redwoods! This year approximately 2,000 acres of redwood forestland totaling $14 million were protected. More than $200,000 in education and research grants were awarded to educators working to inspire a new generation of redwood Continued

Genuine redwood cone earrings

Looking for redwood stocking stuffers?

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Well, search no more! I’ve stumbled upon a few redwood-themed items while I was working on a story for Chicago Parent Magazine. These trinkets are fun and creative gifts that will remind your friends and loved ones about the majestic Continued

Give the gift of redwood seedlings. Photo by Mark Bult

Redwood seedling gifts for the holidays!

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If you’re still wondering what to get for the friends and family on your holiday shopping list, consider having a redwood seedling planted in their honor! I think this is one of the most special gifts out there (ahem, if Continued

Enjoying the redwoods of our Santa Cruz Mountains Old-Growth project.

The Bare Necessities – In the Redwoods!

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One of the great things about spending time in the redwoods is leaving all the “stuff” behind. Somehow, when I’m out enjoying a relaxing day in the forest, it’s pretty easy to live without all those things I typically consider Continued

Give the gift of redwood seedlings. Photo by Mark Bult

Redwoods-friendly Holiday Shopping Ideas

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Only 35 days until Christmas! There is always so much to do and buy at the holidays. Shouldn’t it be fun, and not overwhelming? This year, I’m trying to make things a little easier – and more forest-friendly! Here are Continued

Credit: Victoria, Bowne Munro Elementary, East Brunswick, New Jersey

‘Thank You’ to All the Kids Who Love Redwoods!

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I’m writing this post with two special events on my mind: the Save the Redwoods League art contest for kids, and Thanksgiving! The winners of the art contest will be announced tomorrow, November 15, and it seems apropos that the Continued

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Redwoods in a Starring Role

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Autumn is definitely upon us, and as the colder months advance, many of us transition into “hibernation mode,” enjoying some cozy indoors activities in favor of outdoor adventures. If you find yourself more in the mood for a movie and Continued

Dark forest. Photo by (matt), Flickr Creative Commons

Spooky Family Fun in the Redwoods

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Halloween is the perfect time of year for discovering new events and activities that the whole family can enjoy. If you’re looking to do more together than just trick-or-treating, how about seeking out some spooky family fun in the redwoods? Continued

Meredith and Dan on their big day with the redwoods as their backdrop. Photo credit: Gary Sexton

Roses and Redwoods

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The Parks Forward Commission is hard at work developing a long-term plan to ensure that California State Parks remain financially viable. But, did you know that you there’s a way — a romantic one at that — to support your Continued

"Find ME in the Redwoods" art contest for kids

“Find Me in the Redwoods” Art Contest for Kids!

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Have you ever been with a kid in the redwoods and noticed the look of awe and wonder on their face as they survey the majestic trees towering above them? It’s awesome to see the impact the redwoods have on Continued

Grilled fish sandwich at Alice's Restaurant.

The Best Thing I Ever Ate … near the Redwoods!

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I don’t know about you, but I love to eat. I can’t get enough of good food, especially after exercising in the redwoods. I’m obsessed with calorie-counting because my friends and I are planning a birthday bash in October, so Continued

Emily looking good for a camera crew at Montgomery Woods State Park.

How to Look Good in the Redwoods

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So the other day a good friend of mine asked for some advice on how to look good in the redwoods. She was planning a trip with a diverse group of friends and family, and since she knew I spend Continued

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