During Spring Break, we had several school-aged kids and a teacher join our Monday morning hike at Sunnyvale Baylands, for a grand total of 21 hikers. The older kids brought with them energy and expertise that they eagerly shared with the younger crew by reading signs, leading the way, pointing out animals, and even catching snails and a lizard to show the group. They were undaunted when the playground that is our usual stopping place was under construction; they watched with fascination as the heavy machinery destroyed their old play place, and began their own construction project in the sand next to the grown-up construction site. No need for expensive holiday getaways for these kids. They’re happy being outside, engaging with the environment and with other people.