Fourth-graders Rejoice — Every Kid in a Park Program Passed

It’s a good year to be a fourth-grader – or in the family of a fourth-grader – when it comes to visiting our nation’s national parks. President Barack Obama recently signed of his new Every Kid in a Park program, letting fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history for free. … 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 →

Getting Air With Your Heirs; Woodward at Copper Provides Foam Pit Jumps, Zip Lines, Skiing and More

There’s no time for ADD at Copper Mountain — between skiing, snowboarding, zip-lining, ice skating, tubing and — the crown jewel, Woodward at Copper, which lets your kids soar off jumps into a massive foam pit — there’s just too much to do. That’s what we found over a couple of days in February when, … Read more →

Family Sea Kayaking on the Teton’s Jackson Lake

You’d be hard pressed to find a prettier campsite. We’re on a cobblestone beach on Jackson Lake in Teton National Park, 12,605-foot Mt. Moran rising 6,000 feet overhead. Like a backstage pass to a concert, our VIP treatment is due to a unique OARS itinerary allowing first-time kayakers, families and more to sea kayak where … Read more →

“Canoe for Kids:” Brothers Canoeing Northern Forest Canoe Trail to Help Get Kids Outdoors

Two brothers from Virginia are stroking in the right direction to help get kids outdoors. Right now, somewhere in far northern Maine, brothers Ben and Liam Malakoff are near the completion of their 350-mile journey on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail to raise awareness of the need to get more young people outside and healthy…. … Read more →

Mush! Kids Dog Sledding Perfect Winter Activity for Families

Everyone knows that kids love sledding. They also love dogs. Combine the two, with a dose of clear, Colorado-blue skies, and you have the perfect family winter adventure. That’s what we found when we ventured out with Double T Kennels of Steamboat Springs, Colo., on a 10-mile dogsled trip in the Flat Tops national forest. … Read more →

Rural Youth Get Out On the River

Don’t be surprised is you see more youth on New England waterways this fall. This summer an innovative program launched in the small towns of northern New York and New England, getting 150 youth, ages 10–14, out on the region’s rivers as part of a program tailored specifically to providing rural youth experiences in nature. … Read more →

Mountain Biking South Dakota’s Mickelson Trail

If Rocky Raccoon was a mountain biker, you can bet a satchel of Black Hills gold he would have packed his cubs and ridden the George S. Mickelson Trail snaking through the Black Hills of South Dakota. Running 109 miles from Deadwood to Edgemont, the trail follows the historic Deadwood to Burlington Northern rail line, … Read more →

Ohio River Paddlefest, Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo Bring Kids Outdoors

A movement in Ohio is getting kids outdoors bigtime. As part of June’s Ohio River Paddlefest in Coney Island, the 6th Annual Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo, presented by the Hamilton County Park District and RiverWorks Discovery, has become perhaps the largest one-day water safety and environmental education program for children in the entire country. “We … Read more →

Summer Paddling Camp Roundup!

So you’re sending your brood off to camp for the summer. Save your tears—they’ll only make your kids think of paddling when they return from one of the following retreats where paddling is as much of the program as pancakes and poison ivy… Sure, they’ll still experience bunkroom snoring, pranks and—gasp!—maybe even that first kiss–but … Read more →