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The Ultimate Easter Egg Hunt

  Growing up Easter Sunday was a time to be with friends. We weren’t a religious family, so the true message of why Easter came about was slightly lost on us young folks. We spent the day like so many of our neighbors, rolling our hand painted boiled eggs until they smashed, before sitting down … Read more →

Lets Get America’s Children Moving

The North Face Announces 2015 Explore Fund Grants Open for Applications $500,000 to be awarded to non-profit organizations that connect people to the outdoors Did you know that the average American child spends 53 hours a week in front of a screen? Add on the fact they spend less than 30 minutes a week of … Read more →

NPS Centennial to Include “Every Kid in a Park” Program

President Barack Obama outlined ambitious plans to use the Centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 to keep parks relevant to an increasingly urban and diverse nation. “Every Kid in a Park” will strive to ensure that every 4th grader in the nation has a meaningful experience in a park or other public lands … Read more →

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Across America!

There’s no better time to ski with your kids than January, which is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month across America. And while resorts are rolling out the red carpet for newbies across the nation, nowhere is the program embraced better than in Colorado, where  and Colorado Ski Country USA resorts are offering special promotions … Read more →


TOP 10 WAYS TO SPEND A WINTERS DAY 1. Get the kiddos and Fido off the couch and outside for a little athletic craziness. Set up an obstacle course of tunnels, jumps and challenges then see who can outrun the dog. 2. Head for the hills, forest or park for a winter picnic. Pack a … Read more →

Nature Activity: The Fallen Log

We came across this activity through Project Learning Tree, and thought it was too good not to share. Turn a Fall walk into something really meaningful for younger hikers. It’s amazing how many things live in and on rotting logs. In this activity, kids will become familiar with some of those organisms by observing fallen … Read more →

Interior Department, The North Face Remake “This Land is Your Land” to Get Kids Outside

Nothing against folk singer Woody Guthrie, but the Interior Department and The North Face are remaking one of his landmark songs to help entice families to get outside on land… The remake of Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” by My Morning Jacket is being made drive donations benefiting 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), … Read more →

Family backpacking: Lessons from our first overnighter with a preschooler (By Kelly Bastone)

For two years, a parade of excuses stymied our plans to take Simone backpacking. We bowed to the threat of high-country mosquitoes, and reconsidered in the face of stormy weather (Simone relishes rain, but I dreaded being holed up in a tent with Miss Antsy Pants). Grampie’s recent visit from Maine put another backpacking trip … Read more →

Sea Kayaking the Land of the Gods (Greece offers prime paddling amidst Poseidon)

By Eugene Buchanan “Friday night and the lights are low…” Rick Sweitzer’s falsetto belts out from the stern of his tandem sea kayak. For the first time of the trip, I actually welcome Abba. The reason: My 10-year-old daughter, Casey, is in his bow and we’re all struggling to cross Crete’s Plakias Bay against a … Read more →

Take Your Family to National Parks Free in 2015!

There are nine more reasons to enjoy national parks next year! The National Park Service will offer free admission to every visitor on nine days in 2015. The 2015 entrance fee-free days are: January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 14-16: Presidents Day weekend April 18 & 19: National Park Week’s opening weekend August … Read more →