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 →

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 →

Introducing the Piggyback Rider!

The Beatles can have their Paperback Writer. We’ll take the new Piggyback Rider. The kids pack, designed by brothers Wayne and Jonny Lifshitz of Full Sail International, lets kids stand instead of sit on your back, for quick on-and-off and higher vantage point. “There’s nothing like it on the consumer market today,” says Wayne Lifshitz, … Read more →

New GeoPalz Pedometers for Kids!

Now your kids have even more incentive to get outside. Thanks to a new company called GeoPalz and their new Kids Pedometer, your kids can track how far they’ve run, hiked or otherwise messed around outdoors, and convert their points into prizes. GeoPalz are pedometers and accelerometers designed for children ages five and older that … 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 →

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 →

Colorado Senator Mark Udall Campaigns to Get Kids Outdoors

Many know him for representing their interests on Capitol Hill. But Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) – an, ahem, endorser of Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids — is now championing another cause every bit as important: getting kids outside. Read on for his recent letter imploring people for ideas to connect kids with Mother Nature… Dear Fellow … Read more →

BOB Recalls Certain Strollers

While BOB Trailers Inc. remains one of the best ways to wheel your brood outside, the Idaho company recently issued a voluntary recall on certain strollers. “It is with an abundance of caution that BOB has brought this matter to the attention of both the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada for proper … Read more →

Mountain Mama Wins Outdoor Inspiration Award

Want inspiration to get your kids outdoors? You’ll find it at Mountain Mama, a maternity clothing company founded by Teresa Delfin, which recently won the 2011 Outdoor Inspiration Award from the Outdoor Industry Association. “I began making plans for Mountain Mama in 2008 while I was pregnant, but I waited until my son, Fausto, turned … Read more →