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 […]

What’s Your HIB 30 Temperament?

Another Hike it Baby 30 is on the horizon, and if you’re not feeling motivated by that thought, it may […]

30 Ways to Spend Time Outdoors this Spring : HiB30 Challenge Inspiration

Sometimes deciding how to spend your time outside as a family is just as hard as getting out the door. […]

Conservationist Series – John Muir

This is the first post in the monthly conservationist series. Each post will detail a conservationist’s life, notable accomplishments, and ways […]

National Nap Day: Hike it out!

When I found out there is a National Nap Day my first thought was: That’s hilarious. I mean, in all […]

Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail with a Baby

Would you hike the Appalachian Trail with a toddler? Sure, a bit of it. Why not? How about the whole […]

St. Patrick’s Day Themed Hikes

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on the Trails I never noticed how many shades of green existed in the world until […]

My HiB Story: Hiking inspires happiness throughout the work week.

Finding a balance between hiking and working. Like many of you who are reading this, I am a mom. I […]

Photographer captures unique family photos on the trail – interview with Arika Bauer

Family photographs. Does the thought make you cringe? Having to coordinate outfits, choose a location, choose a photographer, and hope […]

Combination Hikes are My Favorite

Combination hikes and the art of compromise. Combination hikes are a blend of kid paced or play and adult pace. […]

Finding balance: work, parenting, and getting outdoors

Struggling to find balance My story may be different than many Hike it Baby moms. I went back to work […]

Your Stories – Alison Frazzetta

Beginning this month we are featuring your stories! Members are sharing their Hike it Baby stories and how being a part […]

It’s Not Just About the Journey

It was cold, it was dark, and it was the evening of November 30th.  2.73 miles–that’s all we needed. Less […]

First Day Hikes and New Years Resolutions

I am not a New Years Resolutions keeper. In fact, 2016 was the first year I actually kept my New […]

Artist inspires HiB families to connect with nature

We love to profile people that inspire us to connect with nature. Hike it Baby’s founder, Shanti Hodges, connected with […]

Find Your Park in December: National Park Gift Ideas

It has been an amazing year in America’s National Parks!  A centennial celebration happens once a lifetime, and what a […]

HiB Family Travels Cross-Country with Nine-Month-Old

From Sea to Shining Sea: Travels with Our Nine-Month-Old Baby. We got mixed reactions when we told people we were […]

Find Your Park in November: Death Valley National Park, California

  No matter where you live in the United States, you can find a National Park Service site in your […]

No Limits – An All Access Hiking Family Inspires the World

No Limits I grew up in a family that held an innate love of nature and the outdoors. Growing up […]

Motivation From My Toddler

Sebastian is an outdoor-loving three-year-old. I take credit for the outdoor-loving part. Ever since I was physically able after his […]

A Year of Challenges and Change

It’s November 1st.  I’ve got a bucket full of Halloween candy and a waning desire to “get healthy”.  You know […]

Do Something Hard

I walked alongside a marathon with my six week old baby on my chest. I admired the runners, and thought […]

Find Your Park in October: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

John Muir once said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”  I know exactly what he means.  It was […]

10 Life Lessons Learned from Hiking with my Son

As my only child, Neko, goes off to Kindergarten, I think about all the wonderful times together, when it was […]

The Science of Outside

The spirit of Hike it Baby that endures for me, beyond meeting up for hikes, is the desire to instill […]

I Cried on the Trail

Hike it Baby Member Molly Porzel from the Harrisburg branch shares her inspiring story of how getting outside and hiking […]

Hiking with 3 Under 3

We all know that getting out with babies and toddlers is hard, but it is especially challenging for parents with […]

Embracing the Season of Slowness

Lauryn Koppes is a Hike it Baby Branch Ambassador from the Golden, Colorado branch. She is a mom of two […]

Change Your Challenge

This past year has wrought a lot of change in my life. Last September, I had just read about Hike […]

Hike it Baby is More Than Hiking

When I first dreamed up the idea of Hike it Baby I never imagined what it would become for so […]

Father Finds Inspiration and Fun With Hike it Baby

Hiking is in my son’s blood and in mine. When he was inconsolable as a newborn, taking him outside was […]

Pregnant Moms Take the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge

We’re kicking off the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge, September 2016! And to get you inspired, we have stories from […]

Hiking as Self Care

It was 81 degrees and 60% humidity and only 8 a.m. The day wasn’t going to get any more pleasant. […]

Find Your Park in August: A Birthday Wish

On August 25, 1916, a bill, known glamorously as the Organic Act, was signed into law creating the National Park […]

Hike it Baby 30 Inspiration

It’s time to get ready for our next Hike it Baby 30 Challenge! This September, join us in the challenge to […]

Story of a Stay-at-home-Dad

When I decided to leave my job as a mental health professional to become a full time dad, I was […]

How a Movement Can Help Teach My Son About Life, Love, and the Outdoors

Jenifer Lacey is a Branch Ambassador for Hike it Baby Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Recently, she met Shanti Hodges, the […]

Changing My Pace

I haven’t been able to hike much during this pregnancy. My body doesn’t do pregnant well.  Nothing severe, but lots […]

The Olympics of Parenting

We are all preparing to tune into the 2016 Rio Olympics in support of our favorite Olympic athletes from around […]

Preserving The Love

I was naive to the burden of responsibility that would take up residence on my shoulders when I came home […]