Kids

Leave No Trace Helps Kids Reach the P.E.A.K.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. In classrooms and online, its PEAK program reaches elementary students and teaches them how to minimize impacts.

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Outdoor Retailer: Kids Ride High with Osprey and Piggyback Rider

Deuter may command 63 percent of the child carrier market, but it's about to have a few more contenders. Osprey and Piggyback Rider debut kid carriers to haul your progeny into the backcountry and around town.

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Outdoor Gear Joy, Preschool Style

Dithering in your gear selection between stoves? Wondering if the extra ounces in those trekking poles matter? Here's a reminder that outdoor gear joy is relative, and the details sometimes irrelevant.

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Good Outdoor Books for Children

Outdoor kids books can be doubly rewarding: You share time reading, learn about the natural world, and help inspire kids to get outdoors and connect with nature. In honor of Read Across America Day March 2, here are some favorite outdoorsy children's books.

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Snowshoeing: Gateway to winter for kids of all ages

Map winter. Play games. Tell outdoor stories. Visit trails year round. AMC Outdoors, a publication of the Appalachian Mountain Club, has an article on...

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The Gift of Outside: An Atypical Top Ten

See what's on our end-of-the-year, top-ten list for giving the gift of outside.

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Bill to Connect Kids to Nature Introduced

Congressman Ron Kind (D–WI) introduced the Moving Outdoors in Nature Act in the U.S. House of Representatives on November 18. The bill supports federal, state, and local plans that help connect children with the natural world.

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Kids Still Drifting Away from Outdoors says 2010 Outdoor Recreation Report

America’s pre-teens continued to drift away from outdoor recreation in 2009 and cuts to state and local spending on parks and team sports could lower participation rates going forward, according to the 2010 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report.

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Book Recommendation: "Peak" by Roland Smith

Today's kids: often they're stereotyped en masse as lazy, video game players, suffering from overprotective parents and a lack of natural sunlight and...

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Junior Rangers: A new generation of national park protectors

The national park rangers' ranks are growing. The newest rangers may be smaller, but they're no less enthusiastic or passionate about the parks. They're the Junior Rangers of the National Park Service.

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7th grader sets 50 states speed record

Got an outdoor bucket list you've been slowly ticking off? If you're over the age of 12, you should check this out for comparison's sake.

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Outdoor Youth Summit and Festival in NYC June 19-20

A lot of talk and ideas about getting those gosh darn, video-playing, text-addicted kids outside and connected to nature comes from well-meaning (but...

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Do you let kids collect natural objects?

Here's an interesting article from The Daily Telegraph about letting children collect wildflowers, insects, and fossils.

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Kids outdoors + writing = great stuff

It's easy to get discouraged about the lack of outdoor play and adventure in the lives of today's youth, but here's something to make an outdoor parent...

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Junior Ranger Essay Contest winners

If you were a National Park Ranger for a day, how would you describe the national parks to someone who’s never been before? Three kids, 9-12, answered that question to win the National Park Foundation's third annual Junior Ranger Essay Contest.

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Take a kid outside this weekend

Do you have outdoor plans for the weekend: hiking, backpacking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, or climbing perhaps? If so, will any kids come along on...

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Outdoor Foundation examines youth participation

The Outdoor Foundation has released a Special Report on Youth. The report reveals the most popular outdoor activities among youth, the frequency of youth participation, the motivations and barriers of young outdoor participants, and the most underrepresented demographics.

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Go "Outdoors" with Jason Mraz

Here's something just for the littlest outdoor kids around, and anyone else who wants to go out into "the cool, cool air where the sun is shining..."...

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"I wanted to go to the mountains"

“I remember getting excited. I wanted to go to the mountains and do something I never had experienced before.” —Hajia Muya Do you remember your...

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Outdoor Gifts for Outdoor Kids

If you know a kid to whom you'd like to give the whole outdoor world, here are a few of my own gift ideas. The best parts are money-free.

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What are the best hiking songs?

Recently I was hiking with my toddler. We were having a nice time looking at trees, touching boulders, eating snacks, when for some unknown reason she...

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Go Outside and Play

Did you know, outdoor time for kids has decreased by more than 50 percent in just a generation, while time spent inside, plugged into electronic media,...

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Recession Math: Camping Gear vs. Disney

With the economy down, there’s been a lot of talk about summer "staycations" and families camping as an alternative to a big expensive trip.

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Outdoor Retailer: Family Fun - Zing Toys and Geomate.jr.

It’s easy to focus only on “serious” outdoor gear. After all, we all want to know that the gear we select and buy for our backcountry adventures is worthy and dependable. But, there's also room for fun in the outdoors. So, this is for the kids, or the kids at heart.

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Backpacking with a Teen

For parents who have taken their child along on backpacking trips from an early age, the teen years are the reward: a youngster who can keep up with Mom and Dad (and is probably faster), share camp chores, help choose routes and campsites, and handle an emergency. The teen years are also a good time to introduce someone to backpacking.

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Backpacking with a Grade-Schooler

Backpacking with a grade-school-age child can be a magical experience. But keeping that child safe and happy calls for a little forethought on the part of parents, friends, and Scout and youth leaders. Whether it’s a weekend overnight or a thru-hike, keep three concepts in mind: packing, playing, preparing.

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Backpacking with a Toddler or Preschooler

How many miles should you backpack with a toddler or preschooler? As many miles as your child wants to walk. And that’s probably a lot farther than most parents would think.

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Backpacking with Baby

Taking a baby along on wilderness excursions can be both safe and enjoyable. Parents will need to make adjustments, but the result is a child who is comfortable in the outdoors, strong, and self-confident. And a family that can engage in its favorite activity together.

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No Child Left Inside Act Re-Introduced

First there was the book (Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv). Then came the movement to get more kids outdoors.

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Hey, Kids! Enter the Jr. Ranger Essay Contest

Hey, kids! The National Park Foundation is asking kids across the nation to share ideas on how to protect and preserve America's National Parks.

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Outdoor Retailer: New Kids Outdoor Gear

Getting more kids actively outdoors has become a mission for the outdoor industry in the past couple of years, and a number of companies introduced new...

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Celebrate Take a Child Outside Week, September 24-30

Take a Child Outside Week, a program designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world, is being celebrated September 24-30.

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National Park Service unveils KidsZone website

The Kids Zone, a new addition to the National Park Service’s website, contains interactive activities designed to connect children with National Park Service sites.

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Get the Kids Outside: Play With Fire and Knives

Yet more reasons to get the kids outside: A lack of time spent playing in the great outdoors can make kids literally shortsighted.

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Osprey Seeks Youth LNT Essays for Contest

Osprey is seeking great writing that highlights kids' adventures and demonstrates an understanding of Leave No Trace.

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Big City Mountaineers Seeks Adult Volunteers for 2008 Summer Trips

Big City Mountaineers is seeking volunteers for its 2008 summer backpacking and paddling trips.

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REI Invites Children to Get Outside This Summer

REI invites children, adults and families to get active in the outdoors this summer with Kids’ Passport to Adventure.

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National Park Week Focuses on “Kids in Parks”

National Park Week, April 19-27, encourages everyone to enjoy the natural wonders found in parks across the country.

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Outdoor Retailer: Kids' Gear

Here’s a belated follow-up on one of the trends I noticed at Outdoor Retailer: more and more manufacturers of highly technical gear and apparel have...

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Forest Service Encourages Kids To Get Outdoors

The Forest Service is kicking off a "Get Outdoors" campaign to encourage children and their parents to take advantage of recreational opportunities on national forests.

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How to Get Kids Environmentally Involved

Parenting.com just published “10 ways to get kids environmentally involved.” While it has some semi-useful suggestions about clothing swaps, using...

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Take a Child Outside Week: September 24-30

    It’s Take a Child Outside Week. Now we shouldn’t need a special week dedicated to getting kids outside to play in nature, but apparently we...

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Kids Need Nature

Kids need nature. If you don’t believe me read Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.

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Getting Kids Geared Up for Outside

There's no need to hang up the backpacks when Junior arrives. The early years are a great time to share the joys of the backcountry with a new generation.

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Hiking and Backpacking with Kids

Hiking and backpacking with kids of any age can be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone. There are many variables when hiking and backpacking safely with kids, but the following tips should start you out on the right foot.

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