Outsiders Ball Raises $300,000 to Get Youth Outdoors

Kids (and their parents) yearning to get outdoors got a big helping hand in Early August at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market’s second annual Outsiders Ball. The event raised funds for a range of causes and charities focused on getting young people outside and active. Put on by the Outdoor Foundation, the charitable arm of … Read more →

Great Outdoors America Week Wraps up June 26

The end of June marked the annual Great Outdoors America Week, where, while kids and parents countrywide descended upon our great outdoors, hundreds of advocates descended upon Washington, DC, to remind the nation’s leaders of the importance of getting outside as well. As part of the revelry, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) hosted its … Read more →

What Are You Waiting For? Hit the Slopes With Your Kids at These Top “Kids Ride Free” Resorts

There’s no better place to bond with your kids outdoors than on the ski slopes. Thankfully, it’s easier and more affordable than ever now thanks to the following top 10 states, from Vermont to C0lorado, involved in Learn to Ski and Snowboard’s Kids Ski Free program… A number of states offer school children special opportunities … Read more →

Geocaching: Hide-and-Seek at All Ages By Heather Martyn

A couple of years ago when my brother was living in Brisbane, Australia, he sent me an email with the subject; Geocaching. It was a picture of his 4-year-old daughter opening an ammunition box in the middle of a lush forest. I had no idea what they were doing until he later Skyped me and … Read more →

Vail Family Adventure Challenge Offers Mini-Survivor, Kids-style

If getting kids outside helps them survive, they’ll feel right at home in Vail Aug. 17 at the Vail Family Adventure Challenge, occurring alongside the official try-outs for TV’s “Survivor.” Kids of all ages will have a fun chance to complete their summer checklist by participating in the event, held in conjunction the popular TV … Read more →

Outsider’s Ball Benefits Effort to Get Kids Outside

At this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market tradeshow, the push to get more youth outside benefitted as much as attending retailers and manufacturers. The event kicked off at the Gallivan Center with the first Outsiders Ball, a fund-raiser that raised more than $350,000 for 100 community projects to get youth into the outdoors. “I’m overwhelmed, … Read more →

June Highlights Great Outdoors Week (June 1-8), Great Outdoors Month

If there’s ever a time to get your kids outdoors, it’s this June, which is celebrated across the nation as part of Great Outdoors Week and Great Outdoors Month. Initiatives include National Trails Day (June 1), National Fishing and Boating Week (June 1-9), the Great American Backyard Campout (June 22), National Get Outdoors Day and … Read more →

Nat’l Endangered Species Day Youth Art Winners Announced

Want to help sane endangered species? Get kids to draw pictures of them. That’s the goal of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the International Child Art Foundation, which recently announced the winners of the 2013 Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest — part … Read more →

Merrell Puts Best Foot Forward to Get Kids Outside

Have an idea that will increase participation in active outdoor recreation and create meaningful connections to the natural world? If so, Merrell and Outdoor Nation have an opportunity for you — The Pack Project Activation Grant Program… Merrell and Outdoor Nation recognize that sometimes the smallest awards can make the largest differences. For this reason, … Read more →

Texas Outdoor Family Program a Big Hit in a Big State

Texas has always prided itself on being big. Now, thanks to Texas State Parks, it has big plans to help kids get outdoors by offering its Texas Outdoor Family program throughout the summer, including its most recent Learn to Mountain Bike and Camp Like a Pro camps for kids… A few years ago staff at … Read more →