Stacy Tornio

Outdoor Adventure Contributor

Stacy Tornio is the author of more than 10 books related to nature, gardening and getting kids outside. She also runs the website DestinationNature.com.

When she’s not writing, Stacy enjoys exploring the outdoors around Milwaukee and beyond with her two kids.

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Does the headline sound too good to be true? Stacy Tornio, author of Plants You Can’t Kill, assures that it’s not. In her new book, Tornio highlights different types of hardy plants for beginner gardeners.

"You basically need to know whether you're putting it in sun or shade, and you know, anyone can figure that out," says Tornio. "But you don't need a lot of like, fancy knowledge or background in gardening. This is truly: pick it up, randomly turn to a plant, and try it." 

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The calendar might point to September 22nd as the first day of Fall, but anyone with kids knows we're deep into the home stretch of summer. Many kids are back in school already, still others may return right after Labor Day. 

The three-day Labor Day weekend looms ahead, and that can be a challenge for parents who worry they’ve exhausted all their ideas, and maybe all their spending cash, over the past couple of months.

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Lake Effect contributor Stacy Tornio joins us every so often to talk about generally family-friendly adventures around the Midwest.  But by family-friendly, we generally mean activities that both kids and adults can enjoy.

But when you add grandparents or other older friends or family members to the mix, it can get a little more complicated to choose activities that work for everyone. 

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If the heat has you thinking about getting out to a visit a waterfall close by, Lake Effect contributor Stacy Tornio can offer some suggestions.

It was just a couple of weeks ago that she talked about a more ambitious trip to Niagara Falls, and although Tornio says there's nothing in Wisconsin that really compares, there are still some great spots in the state.

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As summer approaches, you will most likely want to spend more time out in the natural environment. Many people and families take the summer to visit a national park, and this year would be the time to do it as the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Wisconsin is home to a national lakeshore, and there are some places nearby that are also part of the national park system.

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Sometimes all we need to rejuvenate our minds, bodies and spirits is a bit of fresh air. Fortunately our outdoor adventure contributor, Stacy Tornio, has created a concept that utilizes the nature that surrounds us.

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It's the time of year again. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the ground is ripe for planting. It's a good chance to check out heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits and even flowers. 

If you're more likely to buy your produce than grow it, don't worry. It's also the season for farmers' markets and gardening centers. 

Contributor Stacy Tornio shares her list of heirloom plants to brighten up your garden (or salad):

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As Earth Day approaches, Stacy Tornio of the Destination Nature has some suggestions for getting outside this week.  

1. Find Flowers

In early springtime, you can see daffodils, pacifica, tulips and lilacs. "Even though it's kind of bare out there, the flowers you do see are so bright and fresh and its makes you happy," says Tornio.

2. Earth Day of Service

There are lots of things about the natural world that you and I have probably taken as true for a long time.

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Leaves changing color and birds migrating are just two signs of fall coming. Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer advise everybody to go out into nature and watch. 

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Did you know that there's a Milwaukee County Fair? There sure is - and it's coming at the end of September.

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There are a few precious days left to go out in the backyard or the playground and find something fun to do.

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For an urban city, Milwaukee's got a lot of nature around.

While the calendar might not say it, we tend to think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer. Colleges are out, many pools have opened, summer sports seasons have started, and we are all spending more time outdoors. At least, we should be.

But as many have pointed out, a lot of us - kids in particular - don't get outside and explore as much as we used to.