Camp for grown-ups

TRAVEL SMARTS

May 14, 2000|By Tricia Bishop

If kids can go to camp this summer, why not grown-ups too? The National Audubon Society is offering weeklong excursions at five camps across the country for adults age 19 and older.

Each site, set in an Audubon sanctuary, uses classes, field trips and workshops to explore the area's environmental characteristics, from Maine's coast and marine life to Wyoming's Rocky Mountains and wildlife.

At the Wisconsin camp, for example, boat and canoe trips help budding naturalists study water chemistry and wildlife. At the Minnesota site, campers can challenge themselves with a skywalk rope course and a climbing wall.

The Audubon Society, founded in 1905, is mostly associated with birds, but it is also involved in conserving and restoring natural ecosystems and habitats of other wildlife.

The camps offer full daytime itineraries and relaxed evenings with gourmet food and comfortable accommodations. Prices range from $450 to $975. For reservations and information, go to www.audubon.org/educate/cw.

Fine dining worldwide

You have probably seen Lonely Planet's destination guides, but now Lonely Planet does food as well. The 25-year-old company kicked off its "World Food" series in March with guides to cuisine and culture in Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Thailand and Vietnam. This month Ireland was added to the list, and 11 future releases are planned.

The colorful guides explore the history and evolution of meals across the globe. They include detailed etiquette tips (bring a handkerchief to the table in Vietnam -- napkins aren't customary), simple and authentic recipes, a dictionary with a pronunciation key, market and produce sections and maps. The books are available at most bookstores for $12 to $13. Lonely Planet is on the Web at www.lonelyplanet.com.

What's on the playbill

Find out who's performing what and where in 25 major theater markets across the country, as well as London and Toronto, at TheaterMania.com.

Here you can buy tickets, check out reviews, read celebrity interviews and gossip, and get all the latest show news.

There's also a "Kids Corner" where fledgling thespians can post theater questions and read reviews tailored to the younger set. In Mom's honor today, the site offers discounts. Membership in TheaterMania.com is free.

For The urbane urban visitor

Laminated Red Maps, billed as a "refined concept in urban guides," come loaded with "sophisticated leisure and business traveler" information on art, architecture, shopping, hotels and restaurants. Current titles cover nine major tourist -- make that cultured tourist -- areas, including Washington, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

The easy-to-read graphics highlight each city's upscale best, and the small size allows you to consult the guide inconspicuously, thereby not drawing attention to the fact that you are a tourist. Red Maps are available at major bookstores or online at www.redmaps.com.

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