Parenthood is an Adventure. Bring it Outside.

Shanti Hodges, founder of Hike it Baby, just wanted to get outside after giving birth to her son six years ago.

“When I had Mason, I knew it would feel isolating,” she says, “but I didn’t expect to feel like I had no friends or that I couldn’t get out into nature.”

Hodges knew about various active mom groups, such as Stroller Strides, but that wasn’t what she was after.

“I didn’t want to work out, I just wanted to get outside,” she says. “I knew it would be good for me and for the baby.”

Shanti Hodges, Founder of Hike it Baby, with her son, Mason.

Creating an Outdoor Community for Families

Beyond how to get outdoors with your child, Hike it Baby is focused on creating the community parents and caregivers of young children need to make getting outside easier and more enjoyable. It’s proven that getting outside more often benefits everyone, and that time in nature can have lifelong, positive impacts on children.

Read the full article New parents join a real movement for their babies and themselves: Hiking by Amanda Loudin published in The Washington Post.

Find a community of like-minded families at Hike it Baby. Join a hike near you today!

About Hike it Baby

Hike it Baby is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to getting families outdoors and on trails across the U.S. and internationally, supporting, educating and inspiring families through their more than 300 communities across North America. Since its grassroots inception in 2013 in Portland, Oregon, Hike it Baby is now a growing community of 270,000 families and 500 volunteer branch ambassadors hosting more than 1,600 hikes per month. More information, as well as daily hike schedules, can be found at, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Photo courtesy of Arika Bauer.


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