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 →

Trips for Kids Rolling Strong

Trips for Kids International (TFK) is rolling strong, recently receiving $10,000 donation from long-time Trips for Kids advocate and Interbike Expo co-founder, Steve Ready. With these funds, Trips for Kids will continue to expand its reach across North America and worldwide to provide mountain bike outings, bicycle mechanics training and environmental education for low income, … Read more →

Pack Your Bags Like Chevy Chase: Nat’l Parks Free on Jan. 21

Pack up the family bags. All 398 national parks across the country will have free entrance on Monday, January 21, in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — the perfect excuse to hit the road with your family. And the park service is dishing up 10 more free national park days throughout 2013… “The … Read more →

IMBA Lauches 8th Annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Now there’s no better excuse to take your kid mountain biking. On OCt. 6, 2012, the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) will celebrate its eighth-annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD), a great opportunity for parents to share their passion for pedaling with kids. Held on the first Saturday of each October, the event, … Read more →

Int’l Mtn Biking Assoc. Releases Youth Mtn Bike Pub

Now your kids can read about riding when not on the mountain bike trail. With the help of a grant from Shimano, the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) has released the first edition of a youth-oriented print publication. Written for middle-school through high-school aged readers — as well as their mountain bike coaches and adult … Read more →

The North Face/REI Announce 11-City Role Models Speaker Series to Get Kids Outside

Kids now have a chance to interact with role models to help them get outdoors. In partnership with REI, The North Face/REI recently announced an 11-City Role Models Speaker Series designed to give parents the advice and inspiration they need to get outside and active with their kids… Top athlete parents from The North Face, … Read more →

L.L.Bean Ups Commitment to Get Kids, Families Outdoors with Donations, Tips and New Courses

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, this year L.L.Bean will launch over 40 new course offerings through its popular Outdoor Discovery Schools to help get kids and families outside. Ranging from multiday expeditions to free clinics in the store, all programs are designed to help families discover new outdoor activities and learn fresh skills in outdoor recreation. … Read more →

Military Children Get Help Getting Outdoors

Military children are getting a helping hand in getting outdoors. On April 1, the Sierra Club, Blue Star Families, National Military Family Association, Armed Services YMCA and Outdoor Alliance for Kids are putting their best feet forward to help military children get outside by co-hosting the Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors, a group effort … Read more →

Outdoor Foundation Releases 2011 Outdoor Participation Report

Like the mountains families often play in, there are ups and downs, and a few flats, in youth participation in the outdoors. According to the Outdoor Foundation’s recently released 2011 Outdoor Participation Report, there was no significant growth in 2010 in terms of kids getting outdoors, but there were also significant drops as in years … Read more →

Read It Here: Kennedy’s The Soft American

On Dec. 26, 1960, President-elect John F. Kennedy penned a piece for Sports Illustrated touting the importance of “physical soundness” for Americans — for kids and grown-ups alike. A precursor to today’s America’s Great Outdoor Initiative, which encourages families to get outdoors, it hit the outdoor nail on the proverbial head. Read on to see … Read more →