Hiking Tips for Families
Find a Family Friendly Hike Near you
American Hiking Society recommends families start out with short GREEN (easy) hikes.
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Fun & Games
To celebrate NEEF’s National Environmental Education Week, PBS KIDS PLUM LANDING created the Backyard Mission, “Thank You, Trees!” to provide a fun way to start a discussion with your students about the importance of trees and acknowledge some of the trees that are important to their lives. Plum’s Nature Sketchpad is an open-ended digital drawing activity that lets kids create their own PLUM LANDING artwork. Kids can save their creation or send it to Plum for possible inclusion on the site’s regularly updated galleries. If your kids don’t have computer access, this can be a great pen-and-paper activity, too. Check it out and thank trees in your neighborhood during EE Week this year!
The PBS program entitled Nature Cat encourage kids to get outside. In each episode, Fred, an ordinary house cat transforms into “Nature Cat” when his family leaves for the day. Nature Cat explores the outdoors as he learns how fun playing outside can be. This new series is a great way to get your kiddos energized about hiking adventures.
American Hiking Society has teamed up with the Nature Cat crew to provide a number of activities that will inspire your family to hit the trail. Checkout these activity sheets
You can find other fun activities on the Nature Cat website. They share a variety of DIY projects which help kids engage the great outdoors. Connect with your kid and nature by trying out one of their fun DIY projects.
Sure, hiking’s fun – but let’s mix it up a little and have even more fun! When you get 5 in a row, horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, you win! This may take a couple of hikes to complete, so take it with you each time you go.
Families on Foot News
The American Hiking Society and hiking superstar couple Jennifer Pharr Davis and Brew Davis are writing Families on Foot, a fun, engaging book that offers tools, tips, games, and activities for parents who want to connect their children to …
SILVER SPRING, MD – Today President Obama announced a new initiative that seeks to have more children experience America’s public lands. The initiative, Every Kid in a Park, will ensure that for the 2015-2016 school year, every 4th grader …
Fall is a fantastic time to enjoy a nice hike on the trails. Cooler, drier weather, changing leaves, and fewer insects make it one of many people’s favorite hiking seasons. Autumn is a favorite season for other forms of …
Sponsors and Partners
American Hiking Society could not help families and children discover the great outdoors without support from our dedicated partners and sponsors. They provide many wonderful resources that can help you make the most of your next family adventure.
Families on Foot Partners
By exploring, learning and doing Leatherman is introducing the Leap, the first Leatherman multi-tool created specifically for younger users. Leatherman and American Hiking Society celebrate the mentors who take the time to pass on a valuable skill or life lessons. Together, we’re helping adults pass on their tool skills and build a meaningful heritage with the next generation.
American Hiking Society’s Coloring Contest is brought to you by LOWA Kids. Children ages 1 to 12 can enter to win a prize pack featuring great products from LOWA Boots and American Hiking Society. The contests will run year round, with new entry forms being posted every few months. Winning entries will be posted on this page when each contest ends, so be sure to check back regularly!
American Hiking Society is also proud to partner with Falcon Guides, the publisher of the popular Best Easy Day Hikes series. This series is a great resource for those looking for some short and medium-length hikes that are kid-friendly (as well as knee-friendly!).
Hike it Baby is a new parents group dedicated to getting families together and out into nature with newborns and little ones. They have a variety of types of hikes and urban strolls and the best part is all of their hikes are FREE! The hikes are led by chapter volunteers across the country.
Learn more at the Hike it Baby website.
Families on Foot Partners
From its humble beginnings in 1974 to its current recognition as an industry leader, Osprey has always flown its own course. Our mission is to create innovative high performance gear that reflects a love of adventure and a devotion to the outdoors and the environment.
Check back soon for more information on great youth hydration packs for your little hiker.
The adventure began on Earth Day 2014, when a friendly alien named Plum landed at pbskids.org to launch Plum Landing — a STEM-based digital project that uses animated webisodes, online games, free apps, hands-on science activities, and live-action videos to help connect 6- to 9-year-olds to nature, teach them about ecosystems, and get them pumped up about their role as caretakers of the planet.
Fantastic adventures, marvelous missions, hands-on engagement with our planet, both online and outdoors—Plum Landing is a unique experience in the digital universe, designed to help kids develop a love for, and connection to, this amazing, beautiful, diverse, and dramatic planet we call home.
Learn more at the Plum Landing website.
American Hiking Society is a proud and active member of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK). OAK is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with a common interest in connecting children, youth and families with the outdoors. OAK’s members are brought together by the belief that the wellness of current and future generations, the health of our planet and communities and the economy of the future depend on humans having a personal, direct and life-long relationship with nature and the outdoors.
Visit the Outdoors Alliance for Kids website.