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, […]

How Has Your Dad Influenced Your Love of the Outdoors?

As a community of families who love the outdoors (or who are learning to love it), it is always inspiring […]

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 […]

Dedicated Volunteers Keep Hike it Baby Moving Forward

According to the Oxford dictionary, a volunteer is a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or […]

Judgement of Others in the Time of COVID-19

Hello, fellow Hike it Baby families. I am writing to you today with very mixed emotions. Our state just made […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Lacey Stock, Family Trail Guide Co-Captain and Rock Star Volunteer

Lacey Stock – Family Trail Guide Co-Captain Tech Support Team member Calendar Team member Branch Ambassador for the Kenai Peninsula […]

Ideas to Get Outside with Your Family When Parks and Trails Are Closed

It is the 14th day my family and I have self-quarantined due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Though it […]

How to Host a Virtual Hike or Virtual Outdoor Activity

We live in an age of incredible technology that allows us all to remain connected even when we are worlds […]

Meet the Hike it Baby Team: Executive Director, Jessica Carrillo Alatorre

Jessica Carrillo Alatorre is the Executive Director of Hike it Baby. She has been an active participant in Hike it […]

How to Do the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge On Your Own or With Only Your Family

The Hike it Baby 30 Challenge is the solution for those of us wondering what to do with our families […]

Can Spending Time in Nature Play a Role in Disease Prevention?

Plenty of research has emerged in recent years about the overall health benefits of spending time outdoors, from positive childhood […]

Hike it Baby 30 April 2020 Challenge Fundraiser Encourages All Families to Spend More Time Outdoors

For the young non-profit organization Hike it Baby, the largest yearly fundraiser is their bi-annual Hike it Baby 30 Challenge, […]

Hike it Baby Moms Get It: One Mom’s Story of Finding a Judgement Free Outdoor Community with Hike it Baby

Author Brenna Jeanneret interviews a mom who found Hike it Baby a game-changer for creating an outdoor community once they […]

6 Ways to Make the Most of your Hike it Baby Free Trial Membership

Put Your 90-Day Free Membership Trial to Good Use So you keep hearing about this outdoor group for families and […]

The Insider Guide to Hosting A Hike for Your Hike it Baby Branch

Any active member of Hike it Baby can host a hike. As a non-profit organization built on community it’s important […]

Turn Your Everyday Purchases into a Fundraiser for Hike it Baby

In 2016 we became a 501c3 nonprofit. While this was a really amazing transition from being a neighborhood hiking group, […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Paige Forberger, Calendar Team Captain

Paige Forberger – Calendar Team Captain Branch Ambassador, Hike it Baby Muncie, Indiana Hike it Baby runs on volunteer power […]

Five Tips to Prepare Your Kids for Snow and Cold Temperatures

Eventually, most kids learn to love snow. But for some babies and toddlers, cold temperatures and snowy conditions take some […]

Top 10 Things to do with Kids in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is incredibly diverse with ecosystems ranging from glacier-capped mountains to old-growth temperate rainforests. Add that to over […]

Outdoor Adventure Tips and Tricks for School-Aged Children

We love being an aunt and uncle. We get to swoop in and pick up our nieces and nephews, take […]

How the Introvert Can Build a Real Community with Hike it Baby

When Social Anxiety Hits Everyone begins walking down the trail. Parents are asking each other questions and swapping stories. You […]

What to do if You’re Aging Out of Hike It Baby

Our kids grow up, and it happens fast. Faster, in fact, than we as parents can anticipate, and certainly faster […]

Hiking Challenges to Motivate You and Your Family in 2020

Looking for hiking challenges to motivate you to get outside all year round? We’ve compiled a list of awesome, family-friendly […]

Outdoor Family Instagram Accounts We Love to Follow Right Now

Inspiration for the Outdoor Family There is a wide range of amazing outdoor families on Instagram that will make you […]

How Hike it Baby is Starting a Movement for New Parents – As Featured in the Washington Post

Parenthood is an Adventure. Bring it Outside. Shanti Hodges, founder of Hike it Baby, just wanted to get outside after […]

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. […]

Support a NonProfit That Creates Community and Connection this #GivingTuesday

A Letter from Hike it Baby Founder, Shanti Hodges I’ll never forget how I felt in October 2013, pulling into […]

The Six Ways You Can Support Hike it Baby This GivingTuesday

We are so excited for Giving Tuesday this year. It’s hard to believe it’s just around the corner! Donate Now! […]

The Top Five Experience Gifts for the Outdoor Family

The Benefits of Experience Does this sound familiar? You gift your child a toy for a holiday or their birthday. […]

Scientific Proof That Will Motivate You to #OptOutside With Your Family

Doctor’s Orders, #OptOutside on Black Friday Ask any Hike it Baby family and they will share the positive impact outdoor […]

The Ultimate 2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Families

Hike it Baby Holiday Gift Guide 2019 Shopping for those outdoor lovers on your list can be hard. Which brand […]

National Take a Hike Day – Insider Advice to Get Your Family on Trail Successfully with Hike it Baby

Celebrating National Take a Hike Day “Hipsters tend to stick to hiking backcountry rivers. They’re less mainstream.” We at Hike […]

5 Insider Tips to Booking a Stress Free Family Camping Trip

Plan Ahead, They Said. We’ve all been there. After a seemingly endless winter springtime arrives, the weather warms up and […]

Test Your Courage on These Spooky Trails

From haunted houses to haunted objects, there is no shortage of scary things you can explore, especially at this time […]

Thanks for Making the Hike it Baby 30 September 2019 Challenge a Success

Thank You to Our Challenge Sponsors! We just wrapped up another successful Hike it Baby 30 Challenge – the last […]

Six Benefits of Renting Camping Gear for Your Next Family Camping Trip

Take the Guesswork Out of Packing for Your Camping Trip Summer may be coming to an end, but your camping […]

Fall Hiking Trails Across North America That Are Perfect for Families

The Fall is for Hiking There is no better time to hike than the fall. The crisp autumn air cuts […]

Inspiring Ways to Celebrate the Fall Equinox with Your Family

What is the Fall Equinox? Also called the Autumnal or September equinox, the fall equinox marks the beginning of fall […]