WTA gives good advice on how to nurture outdoorsy kids because we get tips from the experts—parents! Below is advice from parents in our community, including some staffers.
Recipes and Tips for Allergic Hikers
Jun 06, 2017
Got an allergy-prone little one? You'll want to read Sarah Kirkconnell's tips and recipes for keeping them healthy and happy on trail.
Hiking With Kids: It's All About the Cupcakes
May 12, 2017
A hiking-obsessed mom gets her reluctant 6-year-old out on trail. And, amazingly, everyone has fun.
Advice From a Pro: Keep Your Kids (and Yourself) Comfortable on Trail
Feb 07, 2017
Käryn Gaffney, Branch Ambassador for the Seattle chapter of Hike It Baby, shares what sorts of tips or gear she packs when she hits the trail with her two-year-old.
Upcycle DIY: Plastic Bag to Stuff Sack
Dec 06, 2016
Try this fun project with your kids! Use cracker, cereal, or candy bags and some old shoelaces to create bags that are great for hiking excursions.
The Wonderland Trail: Mission Accomplished
Sep 29, 2016
After 10 years, a family of five achieves their goal of completing Mount Rainier’s Wonderland Trail together.
A Family Quest to the Hike 7 Trails Built by WTA in the Southwest
Sep 15, 2016
Ryan Ojerio, WTA's Southwest Regional Manager, set out with his kids to hike the 7 new trails built by WTA volunteers in one month. Here's their story.
Christina Benton: Mama on a Mission
Jun 08, 2016
Last winter, Christina Benton took to the road with her three kids, for a 64-day trek across the country. Her goal: to share America's National Parks with her children, and to raise awareness about the park service's lack of visitors who look like her family.
Hiking with a New Baby
Jun 09, 2016
Youth Programs Director Krista Dooley and her husband recently welcomed a new baby. She shares what it was like to recuperate from birth, and how hiking has changed for her and her husband now that they're sharing the trail with a third little hiker.
Tips for Memorable Camping with Kids
There’s no need to make your first few camping trips with your family multi-day extravaganzas. Instead, start with something simple, find your camping rhythm and enjoy the small break from your daily routine. Youth educator and mom Hilary L. Benson shared a few tips to help you get out with your family this camping season.
Two Kids, Three Months, 100 Miles of Backpacking: Part II
Jul 28, 2015
Lorelei Felchlin is an adventurous spirit, and she's fostering that same spirit in her kids by getting them outdoors as much as possible. Joey (9), Elissa (7), and Vivian (1) spend their time hiking, backpacking, rock climbing and caving, and now they have set a goal to backpack 100 miles this summer. WTA caught up with her to see how the project is going.
Two Kids, Three Months, 100 Miles of Backpacking
Jun 26, 2015
Lorelei Felchlin is an adventurous spirit, and she's fostering that same spirit in her kids by getting them outdoors as much as possible. Joey (9), Elissa (7), and Vivian (1) spend their time hiking, backpacking, rock climbing and caving, and now they have set a goal to backpack 100 miles this summer. WTA caught up with her to discuss how she's going to tackle this goal.
Trail Work as Quality Family Time
May 20, 2015
Volunteering with your kids on trail can be a very rewarding experience. It instills in them a sense of responsibility, and helps them take pride in a job well done. WTA Board member Joe Gregg periodically volunteers with his kids and offered a few words of wisdom about the value of getting young ones into volunteering at a young age.