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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Product of the Month: Deuter Solves Load-em-in Conumdrum with Kid Comfort Pack

Product of the Month: Deuter Solves Kids Pack Load-em-in Conumdrum The clock starts the moment you decide to insert your beloved offspring into the five-point-security-harness-worthy-of-a-NASCAR-driver-or-F16-pilot. And it ends when the pack is mounted on your back and you’re headed down the trail. In between? Avoiding a parental panic attack while you insert a wiggling kid’s … Read more →

Mountain Mama Announces Outdoor Family Gear Awards

Want a seal of approval for your kids products? Look no further than Mountain Mama’s Outdoor Family Awards, highlighting what it feels is the best in gear for outdoor families. Mountain Mama invited a panel of outdoor family bloggers to serve as scouts and judges for its annual award. To keep the process transparent, they … Read more →

Outdoor Manu’s Stepping Up Kids Gear Offerings

Don’t think outdoor gear manufacturers have your kids in mind? Don’t tell that to SNEWS writer Cindy Hirschfeld, who lists a barrage of new outdoor kids products from this year’s Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City. Read on for a sampling, and link to full story. By Cindy Hirschfeld Full story at: In … Read more →

Bergans’ New Kids Backpacks!

Planning on taking your kids backpacking? Bergans of Norway makes it easier with two new backpacks designed specifically for kids (and to help get the load off your back). Just don’t go rushing to stores quite yet…they won’t be available until next spring, leaving you plenty of time for planning. Your kids’ backs will be … 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 →