2021 Executive Director’s Message & Annual Report

To view our 2020-2021 annual report, please click here Unprecedented. Resilient. Pivot. Survive. 2020 and 2021 brought SO. MANY. CHALLENGES, […]

Growing Up Outdoors (Part 1)

Welcome to this three part series from our guest blogger, Mary Finley! Mary shares her story of raising her kids […]

Layering Basics to Keep the Kids Cozy This Winter

We’ve all heard it before: “It’s too cold to go outside.” However, we believe that getting outside and enjoying nature […]

10 Ways to Stay Motivated to Hike While Pregnant

Okay, moms, let’s be real, being motivated to hike when you’re pregnant can be really, really hard. If it’s not […]

Creative Ideas to Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Young Children

What is the Winter Solstice? It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter in many places across the United States. […]

5 Simple Gratitude Nature Activities for Kids

It’s the time of year when we focus and reflect on everything we are grateful for. We all have people, […]

Hike it Baby Book Club: Grateful for Nature

As we focus on this season of gratitude, the Hike it Baby Book Club has compiled some awesome book selections […]

Hike it Baby Works With Community Partners to Invite Families To Bring It Outside at Neighborhood Park in Gresham, OR

Last weekend we had the opportunity to help organize and co-host a Fall Adventure event for families in the Rockwood […]

Playing Under the Winter Stars

It was dinner time, and frustration was high.  Cooped up inside all day, I was anxious to get my two […]

Hike it Baby Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workshop with Mante Malepo

Last month Hike it Baby invited me to participate in a diversity, equity and inclusion training hosted by DEI advisor […]

Explore the Spooky Side of Nature this Fall

It’s that time of year. The air is cooler, the leaves are changing colors and brightening up the trees and […]

Books to Help You Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

On October 11, we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, recognizing the Native Americans as the first inhabitants of the land we […]

Bring it Outside Family Hiking Workshops: Our First Summer Series

This summer we launched our first Bring it Outside family hiking workshop series.  In the series, families from underrepresented and […]

Exploring Nature with Your Senses: Taste

While wandering through nature, we all take in our surroundings using our senses. We smell flowers, touch tree bark, listen […]

Exploring Nature with Your Senses: Sight

While wandering through nature, we all take in our surroundings using our senses. We smell flowers, touch tree bark, listen […]

Exploring Nature with Your Senses: Touch

While wandering through nature, we all take in our surroundings using our senses. We smell flowers, touch tree bark, listen […]

10 Ways to Squeeze Nature into Your Busy Schedule

September tends to be one of the busiest months for families. Between back-to-school chaos and busy work and activity schedules, […]

Exploring Nature with Your Senses: Hearing

While wandering through nature, we all take in our surroundings using our senses. We smell flowers, touch tree bark, listen […]

30 Easy, Free Ways to get your Family Outside this Month

Numerous studies have shown that a little bit of what we like to call “nature therapy” can go a long […]

Exploring Nature with Your Senses: Smell

While wandering through nature, we all take in our surroundings using our senses. We smell flowers, touch tree bark, listen […]

10 Super Fun Ways to Keep Cool This Summer

You wake up in the morning and go through your normal routine. It’s going to be a good day- you’re […]

On the Subject of Footprints- An Early Environmental Awareness Initiative

 A collaboration for Early Environmental Awareness between Hike it Baby and Joules. Together we can raise the next generation to […]

How to Visit a National Park with Kids

The United States has some incredible protected lands open for exploration. Aside from the 63 National Parks to choose from, […]

Kids Explain: Bugs and Bug Bites

In partnership with Natrapel We asked some of our community’s youngest “experts” the questions we’ve all been dying to have […]

Together We Hike 2021

Can you believe Hike it Baby has been at it for eight years? Eight years of empowering families to confidently […]

Hiking my Way to Happiness

The joke among my friends for many years was that a depressing day for me was the same as most […]

Bike it Baby!! Biking with Kids from Trailers to Training Wheels

In partnership with the awesome team over at Burley Photo: Michelle Pearl Gee @michellepearl It’s as simple as riding a […]

Story of a Stay-at-home-Dad

Originally posted August 2016. When I decided to leave my job as a mental health professional to become a full […]

How Has Your Dad Influenced Your Love of the Outdoors?

Originally posted June 2020. As a community of families who love the outdoors (or who are learning to love it), […]

Special Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice with your Family

WHAT IS THE SUMMER SOLSTICE Oh, wonderful summer! Just saying the word brings on thoughts of long days, short nights, […]

Benefits and Tips for Enjoying Water Play this Summer

Summer has always been my favorite time of year, with its longer days, higher temperatures, and lots of outdoor fun […]

How Hiking Brought Me Back from Post Partum Darkness

Originally posted July 2015. I was raised in the Southern California Mountains. I had a father who instilled a love […]

Kids to Parks Day: Ideas for Enjoying the Park

Originally posted May 2019. May 15 is national Kids to Parks™ Day. Kids to Parks Day encourages children and families […]

Turn the Blues Green: A New Resource for Postpartum Moms

Turn the Blues Green I was exhausted after the long labor that gave birth to my first child. My body […]

Go Take a Hike

Go Take a Hike: A Three-Generation Tradition of Hiking the Sabino Canyon By Karen Francis-McWhite I distinctly recall a time […]

2021 Mothers Day Gift Guide

The Gift of Shared Experiences In partnership with LL Bean If there’s one thing that holds true for everyone in […]

Reclaiming My Path: One Mom’s Journey to Hiking Washington’s Wonderland Trail

By Karen Francis-McWhite It looked like a whim. But when I decided to backpack the Wonderland Trail, a 93-mile trek […]

7 Black Outdoor Organizations Making a Difference that Everyone Should Know

“You never know how or when you’ll have an impact, or how important your example can be to someone else.” […]

Meet the Hike it Baby Team: Office Manager, Elicia Giffin

Elicia Giffin has served as Office Manager at Hike it Baby for a year. Her main responsibilities are responding to […]

Create an Outdoor Legacy for Your Children

“We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future […]

Community, Mission and Time Outdoors: Hike it Baby 2020 Year in Review

It’s Been Quite a Year  Thanks 2020, it’s been real. Australian bushfires, a long-overdue cry for social justice and reform, […]

Meet Emma Carsey, Hike it Baby Membership Manager

Emma Carsey, Membership Manager for Hike it Baby As Membership Manager, Emma Carsey is responsible for all major Hike it […]

Discover the Wonder of Winter with the My Winter Workbook

The Wonder of Winter Hike it Baby and Joules have partnered to create a free, downloadable My Winter Workbook (available […]

How Spending Time in Nature Has Helped Parents to Reduce Stress and Feel Better

Make Spending Time in Nature a Priority this Holiday We have reached that busy, exciting, tiring time of year again, […]

Celebrate Nature With Our Thankful for Nature Journal – Free Download!

Celebrate Nature with the Thankful for Nature Journal 2020 has been a year like no other. Between a global pandemic […]

Three Easy Ways to Teach Your Kids the Importance of Voting

Voting is one of the most fundamental actions of a democratic system.  In 2016 only 46% of people between the […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Keira Wickliffe Berger Family Trail Guide Co-Captain

Keira Wickliffe Berger Branch Ambassador for Westchester County, NY, Co-Team Captain for the Family Trail Guide team, volunteer on tech […]

The Benefits of Fostering a Nature Journaling Habit for Kids

This is the first part of a two-part series about nature journaling. In this article, we’ll cover the benefits of […]

How to Create a Nature Journaling Habit with Your Kids

This is part two of our nature journaling series. In part one we explore the benefits of fostering a nature […]

Five Spooky Nature Adventures

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables October—it’s […]

Is Your City Involved in the 10 Minute Walk Initiative?

Have you heard about the 10 Minute Walk Initiative?! No? Well, if you think that increasing access to parks and […]

Backyard Camping: An Epic Adventure Right Outside Your Door

This summer, the days have felt especially long. Due to COVID, I find myself saying “no” and “we can’t” a […]

9 Diverse Children’s Nature Books to Add to Your Collection

As parents, focused on being outdoors and immersing our children in nature, we often tend to bring the outside indoors […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Dustin Thorley, Hike it Baby 30 Team Captain & Social Media Co-Captain

Dustin Thorley Hike it Baby 30 Team Captain, Social Media Co-Captain Hike it Baby Brockville, ON Founding Branch Ambassador   […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Jen Grenter, Branches/Data Team Captain

Jen Grenter Branches/Data Team Captain Branch Ambassador, Hike it Baby Chester & Montgomery County, PA Jen Grenter is the Hike […]

How the Practice of Forest Bathing Helped Me Reset My Mood, Perspective, and Wellbeing

One mom’s story of how forest bathing, the act of simply being in nature, helped to reset her mood, perspective, […]

Addressing Racial Disparity and Taking Action for Change at Hike it Baby

Dear Hike it Baby Community, I find myself shaken to the core and vehemently angry about the injustice and loss […]

Why It’s Important We Go Outside, From a Mom’s Perspective

Moms, we got you Being a mom is hard. There is no right or wrong way to do it, no […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Michelle Robinson, Mentor Team Captain

Michelle Robinson – Mentor Team Captain New Ambassador Training support Hike it Baby Brockville, ON Founding Branch Ambassador Michelle Robinson […]

Thank You to the COVID-19 Helpers in the Hike it Baby Community

There is no denying this has been a tough few months for everyone. We are all playing a role in […]