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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Hut Trip- Add to Your Family Bucket List! (By Heather Martyn)

“A hut what?” My mother asked when I told her we were going on a hut trip. Mind you it’s February and she wondered why I would want to take my kids camping in the middle of the winter. Well, we were going camping, but this is a nice cozy cabin in the middle of … Read more →

What Are You Waiting For? Hit the Slopes With Your Kids at These Top “Kids Ride Free” Resorts

There’s no better place to bond with your kids outdoors than on the ski slopes. Thankfully, it’s easier and more affordable than ever now thanks to the following top 10 states, from Vermont to C0lorado, involved in Learn to Ski and Snowboard’s Kids Ski Free program… A number of states offer school children special opportunities … Read more →

Geocaching: Hide-and-Seek at All Ages By Heather Martyn

A couple of years ago when my brother was living in Brisbane, Australia, he sent me an email with the subject; Geocaching. It was a picture of his 4-year-old daughter opening an ammunition box in the middle of a lush forest. I had no idea what they were doing until he later Skyped me and … Read more →

Cast for a Win in New Fishing Camp Board Game

Board games don’t have to be bored games with your kids – especially with the new Fishing Camp board game from Education Outdoors, which sets the hook for fun via fishing-related trivia. While telling fish stories won’t help you win as you and your kids race around the board to be the first back to … Read more →

Hike with Tykes: New Book “Get Your Kids Hiking! Start them Young and Keep it Fun!” by Jeff Alt

Want your kids to enjoy hiking? Make it fun, says Jeff Alt, a renowned hiking expert and author of the new book “Get Your Kids Hiking! How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun.” Alt practices what he preaches. An avid hiker, in addition to walking the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail he also walked the … Read more →