Creating a nature journal is a great way to connect kids to the outdoors and encourage them to observe the natural world around them. Nature journals can be as simple or as creative as desired, can have a singular theme or cover many topics, and record findings in your backyard or findings from a hike.
To keep your adventures always new and exciting, we’ve compiled some free activities that you and your family can do outside. We will continue to update this page with new resources over the next few weeks, so stay tuned to this page, share it with your friends!
In light of the precautions being taken nationally to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Kids in Parks will be suspending some of our usual operations in order to follow the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control, as well as orders from our respective state’s government. Expect delays and ommissions of trail materials at our trailheads, but feel free to contact us for any questions or concerns. Read for more info.
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Sometimes starting something new can feel like a commitment, especially when it involves physical activity. And often we lose interest in something that should be simple and carefree, because we are so used to feeling like everything should have structure and immediate purpose. So, what do you do? Try bringing new activities and hobbies to your hike through the woods and turn it into a whole new experience.
2019 was a busy and exciting year for Kids in Parks. Alongside introducing a number of new experiences to our network of trails, we saw our one-millionth adventure taken on our trails, and later celebrated our 10th anniversary. With more opportunities to get outdoors, we saw many first-time visitors to our partnering parks and sites.
Just in time for the chilly weather, KIP winter wear is now available from Bonfire! Get yours today!
The month of October is National Arts and Humanities Month, and to recognize how nature and our parks inspire creatives, the National Park Service celebrates Arts in Parks.
Hiking can be a fun way to encourage healthy eating! There's just something about taking your lunch outdoors that can make it taste all the better. Especially after a good hike. And when making your hiking lunches, be sure that it's a well-balanced meal.
Trail TRACKers and families all across the nation went out on August 24 to celebrate National TRACK Trails Day! Despite some rainy weather in the east coast regions, a great time was had by all who went out to hike, bike, or play disc golf on our many TRACK Trails! Whether you visited your favorite TRACK Trail location, or were able to attend one of our many NTTD events that day, we're so glad you went out and TRACKed the Trails with us!
Can you believe it? Kids in Parks is turning 10! And we’re so excited to celebrate! It has been our passion this past decade to create opportunities to encourage children and parents to improve wellness by turning to nature; by venturing outdoors and “unplugging” from the distractions of modern life. Because not only do people benefit from being outdoors, but our public lands benefit when people use them!
We're nearly midway through the summer, and it has been HOT! However, there’s still plenty of outdoor fun to be had, even when the weather is a little more than warm. Read this post by @mtnmamatales for some great hot weather hiking tips to beat the heat when you go out with your kids. There are plenty of ways to safely enjoy being outside when the summer is at its peak. And what better way to cool off than to go for a swim? Here’s a list of ten of our TRACK Trail locations that have a swimming hole or two!