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 →

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 →

Wiley X Eyewear takes Kids Fishing on San Fran Bay

Youngsters in the Bay Area got an up close look at Captain Hook at the end of September when sunglass manufacturer Wiley X Eyewear and pro bass angler Skeet Reese took kids from Lorenzo Manor Elementary School, in Hayward, CA, our for a day of fishing on San Francisco Bay. Captain Hook was the name … Read more →

Take a Child Outside Week September 24-30

If you’ve ever needed an excuse to take a child outside (hopefully, you never have), now you have one: Sept. 24-30 is national Take A Child Outside Week, a program designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world. “By arming parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources on outdoor … Read more →

A Guide to Sea Kayaking with Kids

Brooke was giddy all morning. She was only 4 and we were heading out for a day-long sea kayaking tour of British Columbia’s Barkley Sound. I put her up front in a double, a nylon spray skirt with suspenders rainbowing over her life jacket to keep splashes at bay. No sooner than we put in … Read more →

GOALS Gets Kids Outside

An organization on the Front Range is putting its money where canyons’ river mouths are as far as getting kids outside. GOALS (“Get Outside and Learn Something) is a non-profit organization based out of Idaho Springs, Colo., founded by Brett Hochmuth, a public middle school educator who spends his summers as a commercial river guide. … Read more →

Keen’s Hybridlife Radio Interviews Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids Author

Outdoor footwear brand Keen has built a corporate philosophy around promoting an active yet sustainable lifestyle, often with kids in tow. To help promote their “hybrid life” philosophy, they recently teamed with Portland-based radio company Pagatim to produce “Hybridlife Radio,” a weekly program launched by Laura and Todd Mansfield, the parents of two small boys … Read more →

Children’s Book Plants Seeds of Environmental Activism

A new environmental children’s book, Hannah and the Talking Tree, by Los Angeles, Calif., author and illustrator Elke Weiss, is designed to help kids care for and protect the environment they play in. Here’s the skinny: Hannah is a little girl with a special and unique gift. She has very, very big ears which enable … 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 →

Get Outside: Sat., June 4, is Nat’l Trails Day!

Kicking off President Obama’s June Great Outdoors Month, which “recognizes the early pioneers who had the foresight to protect our most precious natural and historic places,” this Sat., June 4, marks National Trails Day, so get your kids outside. As part of Great Outdoors month, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes announced the designation … Read more →