ATTENTION Trail TRACKers: As a precaution against COVID-19, Kids in Parks is taking steps that may impact your TRACK Trail visits and prize mailings. Acknowledge any guidelines, restrictions, or closures mandated by your local city, county or state.

Tips and Tricks

Creating a Nature Journal

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.
by Allison Royal, March 31st, 2020

Regarding COVID-19

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.
by Allison Royal, March 18th, 2020

Hiking Hobbies

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.
by Allison Royal, February 24th, 2020

Arts in Parks

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.
by Allison Royal, October 18th, 2019

10 Cool TRACK Trail Parks to go for a Swim

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!
by Allison Royal, August 1st, 2019
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Backyard BioBlitz

In recent years, BioBlitzing has become an increasingly popular activity in urban areas. More and more, parks and cities host Bioblitzes to help create connections between the public and the environment. Attending a local BioBlitz can be a great opportunity for kids, enhancing their appreciation of the environment while engaging them in real citizen science projects. However, a BioBlitz event cannot be found everywhere. So, here are some tips on creating your own mini-BioBlitz in your backyard!
by Allison Royal, April 10th, 2019