Paddling

Paddle to the Arctic Expedition pits kids’ screen time against the Canadian wilderness

This July two young families will attempt to paddle the length of the Mackenzie river, Canada’s largest and longest river, in a trip designed to challenge the current childhood trends of a sedentary lifestyle dominated by television and computer time… The Paddle to the Arctic expedition is centered around getting kids outdoors. On average, children spend 35 hours a week in front … Read more →

SUP Supporter: Imua Keiki o ke Kai Introduces Kids to SUP

Kids have some help learning to SUP in Hawaii. SIC Global Team Athlete Andrea Moller hosted the 4th annual Imua Keiki o ke Kai event, presented by Paddle Imua & Bluesmiths. The event was held on Sunday, April 3, at the Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului, Maui, to provide children with special needs an opportunity … 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 →

A River Trip Through a 12-year-old’s Eyes (Sponsored by Down River Equipment)

Want to know just how special a river trip can be for a kid? Read on for a first-person account (complete with illustrations) of a trip with her family, put together by her father Andrew, down the Green River by 12-year-old Sarah Halperin… Getting There Today was mainly just sitting in the car. My sister … 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 →

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 →

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 →

“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 →

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 →