Hike it Baby ran our second Bring it Outside workshop series this summer in Gresham, Oregon at Nadaka Nature Park. Thanks to the support of a generous grant from the Oregon Conservation & Recreation Fund, Hike it Baby was able to run programming on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, with both English and bilingual Spanish & English workshops available.  This four week workshop series, each led by a different facilitator, covered a variety of topics to help encourage families to spend time in nature together.  

The facilitator led curriculum covered the basics of getting outdoors, sensory play and how to continue the outdoor time habit in the future beyond the workshop series, plus introduced kiddos and their families to Leave No Trace principles and conservation basics. The workshop setting allowed participants to receive community and facilitator support, plus each family was provided with bilingual resources and gear to help make getting outdoors accessible to everyone.  

Although the programming was geared towards young children ages 0-5, the whole family was encouraged to attend to enjoy some outdoor fun together, and Hike it Baby was able to serve 15 families through this workshop series. We provided backpacks to all participants, and a variety of supplies so all families could participate in the outdoor activities free of charge, plus snacks and water at all events.  

We wrapped up the four workshop series with a Bring it Outside Family Festival in July, where all attendees received more free gear, resources, food, drinks and an afternoon of outdoor fun. We enjoyed spending time with all of these wonderful families over the course of the series and the Family Festival event, and are looking forward to our next workshop series!

 

 

 

ABOUT HIKE IT BABY

Hike it Baby is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to create a world where everyone can enjoy the physical and mental benefits of spending time outside. We are focused on creating opportunities and removing barriers to access so families with babies and young children can take their first steps outside. We believe all families have the right to connect with nature, benefit from spending time outdoors and be inspired to a lifelong love of nature. Since its grassroots inception in 2013, Hike it Baby is a growing community of 270,000 families and over 400 volunteer Branch Ambassadors. More information, as well as outdoor engagement events, can be found at HikeitBaby.com, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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