5 Guilt-Free Ways to Make Yourself a Priority

“I’ll take care of myself tomorrow” shouldn’t be a lie we tell ourselves, but we’ve all said it. And we’ll […]

Making time for yourself on the trail

So often our kids’ needs feel big! So big, that they supplant all our needs and wants. Surely, at the very beginning of […]

How to get outside with your NICU baby

Editor’s note: This article discusses Post Partum and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and some readers may find it triggering. […]

One Mother’s Journey to Overcome Postpartum Anxiety and PTSD

Editor’s note: This article discusses maternal health, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Postpartum Anxiety (PPA) and some readers may […]

How nature can help in the battle against cancer

Editor’s Note: This article discusses childhood cancer and may be triggering for some readers. There is a memory I cherish […]

Happy New Year: Be the change in 2018

As we close out 2017 and welcome a new year, I want to take a few moments to reflect on […]

Hike it Baby: More Than the Trails, It’s a Community

RyAnn Peverley talks about her journey of finding a community that shares her enthusiasm for the outdoors after her family […]

5 Ways You can Support Hike it Baby on #GivingTuesday

With the giving season upon us, there are many ways you can give to nonprofits. At Hike it Baby, we […]

Seasonal Park Ranger Interview with DeAnn Casimiro

In this interview series, I’m going to introduce you to park rangers across the United States. Today’s post features DeAnn Casimiro, or “Ranger […]

6 Tips for Self-care this Holiday Season

Ah, the holiday season … lights, presents, carols, treats, parties, family, goodwill and – for some of us – loads […]

Taking the classroom outside for the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge

For our first Hike it Baby 30 Challenge, we started with a “no zero days” goal. At the time, the […]

Park Ranger Interview with Cathy Taylor

In this interview series, I’m going to introduce you to park rangers across the United States. Today’s post features Cathy Taylor, a […]

Puerto Rico: Finding the calm after the storm

I write this post about my new home, La Isla del Encanto, Puerto Rico, from a hotel room in Florida where […]

Going Beyond the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge with No Zero Days

When I first joined Hike it Baby in March 2016, I heard talk of a “challenge month” and I was […]

How Nature Mends the Heart When Coping with a Miscarriage

Editor’s Note: This article discusses specific details of a miscarriage and may be triggering for some readers. In December 2016, […]

How to Road Trip HiB-style (even if you don’t hike while on the road)

A Major Move & An Opportunity My family recently undertook an epic road trip – a major undertaking as we […]

Park Ranger with Roberta Andruska

In this interview series, I’m going to introduce you to park rangers across the United States. Today’s post features Roberta Andruska, a climbing […]

At the End of the Day

It’s the end of the day at the end of a long week. A very long week. We started our […]

Adventure Awaits: Backpacking the Chilkoot Trail with a Toddler

Heather Helzer is a Hike it Baby mom who is backpacking a 4-day trip with her son. We got a […]

Getting Outside When You “Just Can’t Even”

So often, I find myself writing about how to overcome it all – how to keep moving. Why? Because I […]

The Challenge of the HiB 30 Sticker: Creative Ways to Display

I love getting my Hike it Baby 30 sticker in the mail each challenge. The small token of the sticker […]

The Less You Carry: Dealing with Postpartum Anxiety

Overprepared, me? The first hike I went on with my baby, my bag contained four bananas, seven bottles of formula […]

Why Join the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge?

During every Hike it Baby 30 Challenge, someone posts a comment in the Challenge room that they feel overwhelmed and […]

Taking Learning Outdoors: Preschool Gets a Makeover

Learning outside used to be the norm… In grade school, there were two massive oak trees next to a walking […]

Recreation Specialist Interview with Jon Jasper

In this interview series, I’m speaking with NPS rangers and Bureau of Land Management specialists across the United States. Today’s post features […]

HiB 30: Making 30 Memories

Our First HiB 30 was a huge success: My first Hike it Baby 30 was in June of 2015. My […]

This Land Is Your Land: A Hike it Baby Members’ Photo Collage

When Woodie Guthrie wrote “This Land is Your Land” in 1940 and set it to the tune of a Carter […]

Happy 4th Birthday Hike it Baby!

  One of the first Hike it Baby hikes in October 2013 “But in every walk with Nature one receives […]

Yellowstone National Park and the Discovery of Myself

I’ve wanted to explore Jackson Hole and Yellowstone for as long as I can remember. When an opportunity presented itself […]

Park Ranger Interview with Miriam Hornstein

In this interview series, I’m going to introduce you to park rangers across the United States. Today’s post features Miriam Hornstein, a […]

Hiking as Therapy

Changing expectations When you become a parent you never dream of your child having a disability. Once the reality sets […]

Tay-Sachs and Hike for Grayson

We knew Grayson was an easy and laid back baby early on. (Easiest all-natural delivery ever!) In a family of […]

Love, Happiness & Friendship: Making Moving Easier

When you’re getting ready to move to a new house, in a new state, and with small children in tow, […]

The Compromise Monster…

…or how I wasted too many days NOT hiking. We know your pain. We have three kids, ages two, five […]

Park Ranger Interview with Curt Dimmick

In this interview series, I’m going to introduce you to park rangers across the United States. Today’s post features Curt Dimmick, chief […]

Why This Dad Loves Hike it Baby

Let’s set the record straight right out of the gate: I’m not a member of Hike it Baby, nor have […]

Bike it Baby- Am I a Pusher Parent?

May was National Bike Month, and I had a goal to bike five miles with my kids. We are an […]

Hiking Through History

Sharing our love of history One of the reasons I married my husband was our shared love of U.S. and […]

Why this Dad is Raising an Adventure Loving Daughter

The most meaningful and formative moments in my life have been spent outdoors. I grew up having outdoor adventures nearly […]

Finding our Favorite Trails

Guest Blogger Melissa Morrison talks about finding nature close to suburban Detroit and what makes certain trails her favorite. When […]

Battling Postpartum Depression Through Hiking

Adrienne Brand would consider herself an upbeat person most of the time. But when she had her son, something shifted. […]

Raising Children to Love the Outdoors

Our boys love to be outdoors. When given the freedom to explore, they thrive. I think this is normal for most children. […]

Swamp Shenanigans

Confession: I got my HiB group lost on the last trail hike I hosted. I also accidentally touched a patch […]

Meet the Park Manager: Jorge Gomes

In this interview series, I’m going to introduce you to park rangers across the United States. Today’s post features Jorge Gomes, a […]

Yes, you are a #ForceOfNature!

Are you a #ForceOfNature ? Hike it Baby Founder Shanti Hodges shares her feelings about the Force of Nature campaign […]

BOB Gear Challenge – Conclusion

Legs on fire, I gripped the stroller handlebars tightly as I pushed nearly 100 pounds of kids, snacks, and BOB […]

Ethan’s Strength: Trailblazing New Paths With Heterotaxy Syndrome

Hearing a child exclaim, “I’m having fun! I’m really having fun!” while out hiking is such a wonderful thing to […]

5 Hike Suggestions For Adventurous Families

One of the special things about Hike It Baby is all the grandparents, nannies, extended family and friends who join […]

Kids to Parks Day: Ideas for Enjoying the Park

May 20 is national Kids to Parks™ Day. Kids to Parks Day encourages children and families to get out and […]

How To Make Earth Day Last All Year

Did you celebrate Earth Day this year? Kristi reflects on how we can positively impact our environment and encourage our […]

Parenting Outdoors : No Plan Survives

When my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child, we made a parenting plan like many […]

Embracing the Puddle

It’s pouring here today. Driving rain, crashing thunder, flashing lightning, the whole bit. For most people it sounds like a […]

Conservationist Series – Benton MacKaye

This is a continuation of our conservationist series. Each post will detail a conservationist’s life, notable accomplishments, and ways the […]

BOB Gear Challenge : A Journey to Healing

Jessie describes her experience so far during this month’s Hike it Baby 30 Challenge with using BOB gear during a […]

Earth Day 2017: Get Inspired

The calendar may say Earth Day only comes once per year, but you can live out the mission of Earth […]

Hiking With a Newborn

First hike postpartum Our little one has been hiking with me since she was four weeks old. I was anxious […]

Park Ranger Interview Series: Laura Dvorak

In this park ranger interview series, I’m speaking with park rangers across the United States about their job and how […]

Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail with a Baby Update

We’ve had an update from Ellie and her parents – the family who is hiking on the Appalachian Trail (AT)! […]

Baby Wearing Hits Extreme New Heights

Hiking is just one of many things we do to be outside and commune with our natural world. Yes. I’m […]

Hiking Failures

Hiking with kids is an adventure.  Sometimes a fulfilling success, sometimes a complete failure.  Kids are volatile and make everything […]