Hike it Baby ran our second Bring it Outside workshop series this summer in Gresham, Oregon at Nadaka Nature Park. Thanks to the support of a generous grant from the Oregon Conservation & Recreation Fund, Hike it Baby was able to run programming on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, with both English and bilingual Spanish & English workshops available.  This four week workshop series was capped off by our Bring it Outside Family Festival at Nadaka Nature Park in July.

The Family Festival brought together families from our workshop series, curious families walking or driving by, plus a variety of community partners looking forward to spending an afternoon outdoors with families! Community partner attendees included the Oregon Zoo, Nurturely, and Northwest Family Services. The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) also attended, and shared that this event was one of the first times they had seen some of these families laughing and playing together.

collage of images of families at the festival

All registered families got Merrell shoe codes for all their kids, Deuter Dirt Bags and a Rumpl Everywhere towel.  We also provided resources in Spanish, English and Arabic, plus had giveaways from HumbleBee, Onya Baby, Retrospec and Burley.  Families could take a Wander Walk together, paint, play with huge bubbles, visit a mini campsite from Teton, learn about infant carrying and try on baby carriers with our friends from Nurturely and enjoy lots of free food and drinks!  There was a Sip in the Shade area for families to eat and enjoy free beverages from Athletic Brewing Company, or just relax on this warm summer day.

collage of images of families at the festival

 

ABOUT HIKE IT BABY

Hike it Baby is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to create a world where everyone can enjoy the physical and mental benefits of spending time outside. We are focused on creating opportunities and removing barriers to access so families with babies and young children can take their first steps outside. We believe all families have the right to connect with nature, benefit from spending time outdoors and be inspired to a lifelong love of nature. Since its grassroots inception in 2013, Hike it Baby is a growing community of 270,000 families and over 400 volunteer Branch Ambassadors. More information, as well as outdoor engagement events, can be found at HikeitBaby.com, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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