Father and son backpacking in the mountains

Top 10 Tips for Hiking with Kids

Have you ever been out in the woods, enjoying a lovely family hike when all of a sudden someone stops and refuses to walk one more step?  If you’ve done much hiking with kids, chances are you’ve experienced the stone footed child.  But really, can you blame those little people for their complaints?  Hiking can be hard sometimes.  Heck, I’ve been on hikes when I’m the one who starts crying[…]

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Nature Reading: Kids Books about Spring and Gardening

When does that gardening itch begin for you?  For me, it’s in the coldest of winter, when the snow is falling, and when I haven’t seen the dirt for months.  That’s when I start thinking about seeds and flowers, about bees, and fresh strawberries. We’ve been exploring our library’s shelves for kids books about spring and gardening lately.  Below is a collection of notable books we’ve enjoyed on the subject[…]

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Connect your family to nature: Man, woman, and two children standing together with Mt. Taranaki of New Zealand in the background. text reads making nature connections, one family's story

What Connects Your Family to Nature? | A Story Shared

You don’t have to be an outdoor adventurer to connect your family to nature, but it sure helps!  Do you take your family trekking through the woods and let them sleep under the stars? In this addition to Take Them Outside’s Connecting to Nature Series, Mark shares how a childhood of outdoor adventure has inspired him to share his love of nature with his own children. (I’ve included some affiliate[…]

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small hands pointing to yellow fallen leaves on a brick sidewalk... helping kids connect with nature in the city.

5 Fantastic Ways to Connect With Nature in the Big City

A major benefit of living in the city is that you have access to just about anything 24/7. You can order pizza, dash to a pharmacy or swing by the grocery store at almost any hour of any day. However, one thing the city lacks in abundance is evidence of nature. Considering this, how do you teach your kids the importance and beauty of nature when they don’t see it[…]

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A Return to Nature with Homesteading | Gardening and Wellbeing

How self-sustainable is your lifestyle?  Do you sew?  Grow food?  Can you make simple mechanical repairs or attend to minor health concerns?  There’s a growing trend these days to return to the land and a simpler life, connecting to nature with homesteading.  And whether or not you live in the country or in the city, there are elements of returning to nature and homesteading that anyone can incorporate in their[…]

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close up of shoes with a rocky lake's shore line in the distance... a feeling of connecting with nature

Connecting with Nature : A Series of Stories

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.” John Muir John was a fierce advocate for our natural places.  He loved nature and shared his experiences in hopes of inspiring others to follow his footsteps out of busy lives and onto the trails.  For generations and spanning cultures, spirit and[…]

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Playground at Whistlers Campground with Whistlers Mountain in the background

Why Whistlers Campground is Perfect for Family Camping

Every summer I bring my kids to Whistlers campground for a week of playing, exploring, marshmallow roasting, and campsite spying. Yep, I said campsite spying.  Are you a campsite snoop?  Do you enjoy seeing how other people are camping just as much as you enjoy the camping itself?  You know, walking around the sites and checking out all the different get-ups:  Jeeps with roof-top tents, converted school buses, tiny tents,[…]

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A dad and 3 kids on a family hike in the mountain alpine of Jasper National Park, Canada

Becoming an outdoor family with Take Them Outside

I don’t get my kids outside everyday.  I might want to take them outside and they won’t go.  Or, maybe it’s cold and I don’t want to go outside either.  Am I a hypocrite?  Sometimes the kids just say “no” even if I’m standing at the door dressed and ready for adventure.  I can’t force them, can I?  Do you?  What’s the big secret?  How do we make our family[…]

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two girls hiking on a wooded trail one carrying a large stick

10 tips to get your kids outside (because it’s not always easy)

We hear it all the time “kids need less screen time, more outside time”.  Intentions aside, in today’s world of social fears, urban living, and over-scheduled lives, it’s hard to get your kids outside.  It’s hard to get ourselves outside!  We don’t need more lectures on why kids need outdoor time.  Instead we need practical solutions on getting them out.

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Wilcox Pass in Jasper National Park is a rewarding family hike with amazing views of the Athabasca Glacier

Wilcox Pass, Spectacular Views Above the Icefields Parkway

Did you know that the Icefields Parkway is one of the most beautiful highways on earth?  That’s a pretty grand claim to make for a little highway winding through some mountains in the wilderness of Canada.  And yet, while I haven’t driven on every highway on earth, I’m pretty comfortable agreeing with this statement! The Icefields Parkway brings you into the heart of the Canadian Rockies connecting the towns of[…]

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