In May, Hike it Baby attended the Children & Nature Network Inside Out Conference in Atlanta, Georgia which is “is the largest gathering of children and nature advocates in the world. Leaders from a broad range of sectors—all committed to the health and well-being of children and communities—come together to explore best practices for turning our indoor society back out to the benefits of nature.” Although we had a booth at the event and were able to meet many other organizations, one of the highlights was our Board of Directors Member & Treasurer Dineo Dowd presenting her story and how she found her place in nature.
At the end of the conference, Hike it Baby hosted a Bring it Outside Family Festival at Rodney Cook Park in Atlanta. The event included nature crafts, family friendly hiking, games, activities, plus free outdoor gear and giveaways. We even had a pop up camp site for the kids, courtesy of Teton Sports, plus a smores kit for little ones to have some fun pretend camping play! Thanks to several generous prize sponsors, we were able to provide families with not only an awesome outdoor experience, but plenty of resources and free gear! This included a Burley Honey Bee, Sunday Afternoons hats, Turtle Fur Beanies, Solly Baby Wraps, Onya Baby carriers, fiftyfifty water bottles, and rain suits from Oaki. Several Atlanta based organizations also showed up and shared great activities like nature bracelets (WAWA), sidewalk chalk (Children & Nature Network), and a nature wagon (Trees Atlanta).
Hike it Baby’s Executive Director, Jessica Carrillo Alatorre, and Dini Dowd were interviewed by the local news, and had the opportunity to share about Hike it Baby, and our mission to connect kids and families to nature. Check it out here to learn more about the conference, our family festival and Hike it Baby’s mission to help families bring it outside!