Paddling

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 →

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 →

Wilderness adventurer Alan Kesselheim releases Let Them Paddle book

Yvon Chouinard can have his Let My People Go Surfing book. Thanks to longtime paddler, author and wilderness adventurer Alan Kesselheim, paddlers now have Let Them Paddle, Kesselheim’s latest book on revisiting rivers with his three children that they unknowingly floated a decade and a half earlier as fetuses. RecreatingwithKids.com checks in with the author… … Read more →

Outdoor Nation Announces Youth Paddle Grant Winners; $30,000 in Awards

A few more kids might be getting wet than normal this paddling season, thanks to a new series of grants offered by Outdoor Nation. The group recently announced the winners of its Paddle Nation Project, aimed at connecting young Americans with their waterways through recreational paddling. The Outdoor Industry Association’s Paddle Advisory Council selected 13 … 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 →

Mountain Mama Announces Winners of Inaugural Outdoor Family Award™

Now there are some accolades for companies helping women and children get outdoors. To honor companies in the outdoor industry who support women and families to get outside, Mountain Mama recently introduced its Outdoor Family Award™, with five categories including Outdoor Parent, Nursing Mama, Outdoor Baby, Outdoor Kid and Outdoor Pet. Following each Outdoor Retailer … 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 →

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 →