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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 →

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 →

Soccer’s Shining Stars: World Cup Mania aside, what this growing sport can do for your kids

(By Suzi Mitchell) Soccer may have been around for centuries, but here in the US it’s a relatively new phenomenon. And it’s getting more kids outside than ever before… The game’s origins are unclear but it’s widely believed the first official match was played in 1863 on English soil before gathering global popularity becoming an … Read more →

National Park Service and Boys & Girls Clubs Merge Youth Outreach Efforts

Like rivers joining forces, two groups involved with getting kids outside have teamed up combine forces as well. As part of the Department of the Interior’s ambitious youth initiative to engage and employ the next generation through America’s great outdoors, the National Park Service and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America today announced they … 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 →

McNett Donates Gear to Help Get Kids Outdoors

Kids wanting to get outside just got a boost from outdoor gear manufacturer McNett, which recently donated $4,000 in equipment to the North Cascades Institute’s gear locker as a part of its Take a Kid Outside initiative. The gear will help get kids outdoors through youth programs like Mountain School and Youth Leadership Adventures, which … 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 →

Hike with Tykes: New Book “Get Your Kids Hiking! Start them Young and Keep it Fun!” by Jeff Alt

Want your kids to enjoy hiking? Make it fun, says Jeff Alt, a renowned hiking expert and author of the new book “Get Your Kids Hiking! How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun.” Alt practices what he preaches. An avid hiker, in addition to walking the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail he also walked the … 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 →