Bonding and building confidence one adventure at a time

I’ve always been an adventurer. Before my daughter and before my marriage, there was the mountains. Yosemite was my first […]

Kids to Parks Day: Ideas for Enjoying the Park

May 18 is national Kids to Parks™ Day. Kids to Parks Day encourages children and families to get out and […]

How nature and joy go hand in hand for one family

“…but I don’t want to color inside the lines!” my 3-year-old self sobbed. My mother gathered me in her arms […]

Saying thanks and goodbye to my outdoor inspiration

“Did you hear that?” There are noises outside the tent, like there are always noises outside the tent. “Thanks to […]

How Hike it Baby provides connection for military families

April is Month of the Military Child and celebrates all the kids growing up in military families. Many military installations […]

“Take it Outside” with Good Books

If you’re gearing up for April’s Hike it Baby 30 Challenge or taking it up a notch with the unique […]

How to Set SMART Goals to Get your family in Nature

In most places, it’s starting to look like winter is on its way out; and with the Hike it Baby […]

Ethan’s journey: An inspirational story about a boy and his heart

Today is Rare Disease Day, and I can think of no better way to mark the occasion than by inviting […]

How my Military Family Found our “Village” Through Hike it Baby

When I met my husband, he was about three years into his career as a U.S. Navy submariner. I grew […]

Hike it Baby Voices: Why I love Hike it Baby

  Recently I was thinking about all of the reasons I have loved Hike it Baby over the years and […]

Self-care is important – make time for it

“Teek Ta, Teek Ta” comes bubbling up from the backseat. “Victoria?” I ask. “Yeah!” says my almost 2-year-old son in […]

Join a hike: Find a family, be a community

I am shifting my gaze between [the woman talking] and my little guy as we lumber down the trail, shuffling […]

Adventure Parenting 101: How to introduce your kids to new adventures

Recently I told Mason I wanted to take him on an adventure to backpack. He bounced up and down around […]

How one mom regained her health one hike at a time

A few years ago, after a bout of influenza, I progressively struggled when riding my spin bike during winter training […]

30 Days of Thanks With Hike It Baby – Week 5

November is coming to an end, but not so our thanks for the blessings we enjoy in and from nature. […]

30 Days of Thanks With Hike It Baby – Week 4

This week, families and friends across the United States are celebrating Thanksgiving Day. Also this week, the Hike it Baby […]

30 Days of Thanks with Hike it Baby – Week 3

It’s the middle of November, and leaves are largely on the ground instead of the trees. (Of course, that may […]

One mom’s journey to protect the lands she loves

Now that midterm elections have come and gone, there is one thing we can all agree on regardless what our […]

30 Days of Thanks with Hike it Baby – Week 2

November, a time of change and of giving thanks, continues. Communities traditionally gave thanks for the bounty of nature as […]

Hike it Baby 30 Challenge Inspiring Stories

Hike it Baby is many things to many people. It helps us get out the door on drizzly days; gives […]

30 Days of Thanks with Hike it Baby – Week 1

November brings with it the beginning of the season for giving thanks. For some families, such as the Hike it […]

5 Benefits of Hiking with Babies and Toddlers

It’s embarrassing to admit this, but up until a few weeks ago, I worked for Hike it Baby and had […]

Seeing Adventure Through the Eyes of My Toddler

If you had asked me five years ago what I considered a “hiking adventure,” I would have said something like […]

10k Women Trail Project: Celebrating women on trail

  A year ago, Hike it Baby launched the 10,000 Women Trail Project, an initiative funded by REI’s Force of […]

Time in nature can help fill your love tank

  When I was younger, in my head, I was going to be a really awesome mom to a daughter […]

How one family finds big adventure in nature’s details

When 5-year-old Ansel was born, he came two months early and was just over 3 lbs. We were nervous because […]

Adventure Is a Mindset

Let’s be honest. Adventure changes as we age. Priorities adjust as we have children and plan for their future as […]

3 reasons to get on trail with grandparents

My dad is in his early 70s and suffers from gout. His feet swell in pain and all he can […]

Finding Balance in the Outdoors

“Look! A Fwog! Come on, Mommy!” cries my almost 3-year-old son as he grabs my hand and directs me to […]

How to thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail with a baby

Deciding to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT) didn’t happen overnight for us. We had been dreaming of thru-hiking for almost […]

How hats help keep families safe outside

When my son, Mason, was born, I didn’t have very many friends with kids, so like many new moms, I […]

How One Mom Turned Trail Time Into Nap Time

If you’re struggling with a fussy child who never seems to sleep, know that you’re not alone. When Anka Trifan’s […]

How one family makes getting outdoors a priority

When Jack had his first-ever tantrum on a super popular trail in Squamish, British Columbia, Bobby and Maura Marko stood […]

Nature Babies: Why Having Young Kids in Nature Is So Important for Their Health

Nature Babies: Why Having Young Kids in Nature Is So Important for Their Health By Judy Klein, MD I was […]

To All the Dads Who Inspired Us to Love the Outdoors

As a community of families, it is so inspiring to hear where our love for the outdoors began. Some of […]

Celebrating Motherhood with Hike it Baby

Mother’s Day is the day to celebrate all the wonderful mothers in our lives, whether it is your biological mother […]

Motherhood: Finding a balance from work to life to hike

The mom life is hard. Like, really hard. I recently read an article that compared the hours moms “work” to […]

A Daring Adventure: Discovering Dinosaur Tracks

Hike it Baby encourages hiking with kids, and challenges my 4-year-old son, Cole, and I to explore all kinds of […]

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 […]