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Plan a Hike for Families

Hiking with families

Taking a hike is a wonderful opportunity to get your family moving, to reconnect to the joys and lessons of nature and to create lasting family memories.

Though studies show that nature plays an important role in all aspects of a child's development-intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically-many children today spend more time indoors than previous generations did. They are watching television, playing video games, and eating junk food-all leading to higher obesity rates and a drop in national park attendance.

Getting children outdoors at a young age helps them develop a sense of respect and caring for our natural world, allowing them fall in love with the environment and to become responsible stewards of our wild lands. Getting outdoors is great for adults too-experiencing nature with children offers the chance to reconnect to that unique sense of wonder, joy, and awe.

This guide is designed to help you put together a trip for a group of families, whether they're friends and relatives, a church group, pre-school friends, or others. It may seem like a lot to think about and do, but thorough planning will improve your chances of a safe and enjoyable trip. You can help your participants reap the benefits of being outside!

Download our Family Hike Planning Guide (pdf format)