We can’t get enough inspiration to get our families outdoors. Our friends that are dedicated to the same cause – encouraging families to get outside – have some great stories and information to help you stay motivated and informed about doing just that. Here is a list of websites that we at Hike it Baby like to follow; check them out and tell them we sent you!
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READ THESE WRITERS
Self-described as an on-line “campfire”, Mommy Hiker keeps you inspired with a weekly blog post, as well as a weekly food post, and photo and quote of the week published on their website. While the blog itself is based in California, you can find stories that still relate to your family and getting outdoors, wherever you live!
Tales of a Mountain Mama
If you are in the market for buying some outdoor gear, this site is a great place to start. They offer many reviews on different gear brands from a personal point of view. They test this gear with their own children and you can read about it in the stories on the blog. Better yet, sign up for the newsletter to be up to date on the latest prize giveaways they offer.
Moms Who Hike
When you find yourself wondering, “How do I do this…” you can probably find the answer on this “how to” hub for outdoors adventures with kids. It is a great resource for on-line classes and downloads to help you and your children stay active and safe on the trail.
This fun blog has everything from travel tips with kids to book reviews. The Outdoor Adventures section is full of fun stories and inspiration for getting outside with the entire family.
The Big Outside
Some people have a hiking bucket list. Michael Lanza has probably hiked in every location on your list. A professional hiker with enthusiasm for the outdoors, he promotes the idea of getting people back into nature. There is a whole section titled Family Adventures on his site and his knowledge about hiking with kids is reliable because he has hiked with his own two children all over the world.
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SITES TO MOTIVATE
Raise a Wild Child
If your child is a fan of PBS’ Dinosaur Train, you will know who Dr. Scott the Paleontologist is. His catch phrase at the end of each episode is “Get outside, get into nature, and make your own discoveries!” He is also the author of a book, How to Raise a Wild Child. He is passionate about getting people reconnected with nature. The Raise a Wild Child site has a section with helpful ideas about getting kids outside and engaging with nature. Join in the fun hashtag campaign and label your photos on social media with #raiseawildchild.
Find Your Park
This site is a great place to do just what it says, Find Your Park. A park can be many things to many different people. Use this site’s tools to help find parks, events and help plan travel near or far! There are also many shared experiences to keep your soul hungry for the outdoors experience that any park can give you.
52 Hike Challenge
We love our HiB30 Challenges – 30 miles in 30 days – and this is the answer for those who want to keep up the motivation in between those HiB30 Challenges. You sign up for free by choosing the 52 Hike Challenge or the Adventure Series. You keep track of your hikes on a log and become a member of the Facebook group to help stay inspired. They also have prizes and events to help keep you moving towards that goal!
AK on the Go
Check out how families in Alaska get outdoors and have fun all year long! Not all of the blog posts are Alaska specific, but even if you aren’t dreaming of a trip to Alaska you can read all about the incredible ways families can enjoy nature there. Who knows, maybe you will be inspired to visit or use those stories to plan an event or hike near you!
American Hiking Society
Along with organizing National Trails Day and Volunteer Vacations the American Hiking Society is the voice of hikers nationally. Conservation is important and they have many resources in one site to find tips and connect with other organizations. The blog produces inspiring stories and showcases hiking in such a positive way that you can’t help but want to strap on your shoes and go for a hike!
Children & Nature Network
This site is a great resource for educational materials. Co-founded by the author of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder”, Richard Louv, the mission is simple: to create a network of families and communities that aim to have children grow with nature. Downloadable guides and tool kits are available to help inspire you to start an outdoor project! Connect with a massive community in the forum section and help to support the movement.
National Park Service
The natural place to look up a park near you, this site also has an entire section for Kids and the Junior Ranger Program for the NPS. A large variety of resources and education on nature and exploration is easily accessible and organized to find with a few clicks of the mouse. There are videos, photos, and podcasts to help get your fix of nature and help inspire your next trip out to explore!
Founder and CEO, Rue Mapp, started the Outdoor Afro blog as a way to connect and network African Americans who want to take back the outdoors. You can use the site to find a meetup near you and read about the adventures of leaders across the United States in the website’s blog section.
Outdoor Families Magazine
This on-line magazine is so much more than a website or blog. For interesting and well-researched articles that are themed towards families spending time outdoors, this is the place to go! This magazine is organized and free from multiple pop up ads or overwhelming sponsor endorsements.
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COOL CONTENT CREATORS
Ashley Scheider Photography
Hike it Baby’s own Ashley Scheider is a photographer who can capture that moment on the trail that we all have experienced or want to experience. Follow her for images that show the good, the meltdown and the toddle that is life on the trail with a HiB child!
Awe-inspiring photography and an inspirational video will make you want to delete the technology from your life, or at least drop the phone and go for a walk, and join these adventurous Mamas as they film a series about connecting their children with the wild. The starter site will leave you thirsty for more and we can’t wait to see the community that arises from this project!