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Stories about kids who break hiking or climbing records feel like the continuation of an outdated and unhealthy attitude toward outdoor recreation
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Why? Because when more kids reap the benefits of time spent in nature, the world will be a better place.

Having a green lawn doesn’t make sense in many parts of the country. But that doesn’t mean kids have to sacrifice their backyard adventures.

Eco-conscious parents are turning to electric utility bikes to haul their most precious cargo: their children

It’s never too early to help your kids develop a healthy mindset around food. Here’s where to start.

The South American pack animal is the perfect companion for getting deep into the wilderness with little ones

Stories are about how human connections are made and kept in the outdoors, and how they’re evolving now—when community has never been more important or more at risk

For one pandemic-worn parent, the key to staying close to her family is getting some distance

We asked a pediatrician for advice on getting outside safely when temperatures soar

The pandemic forced schools to teach outside. Many teachers, parents, and kids want to keep it that way.

Whether you’re stuck in the city or counting down the days to a summer road trip, we have a few expert-approved tips for exploring nearby nature

Your family’s next adventure begins when the sun goes down

Personal-finance guru Mr. Money Mustache breaks down how Outside readers can stop wasting hard-earned cash on expensive gear and trips and start putting it toward real freedom: the financial kind

I gave my 12-year-olds the Rand McNally on our 300-mile drive from Atlanta to the South Carolina coast to impart the joys of reading an old-school physical map

Here’s what to do when your little one brings up sea-level rise, extinction, wildfires, and other ecological griefs

He wanted to be the best man he could be. This required some bold and questionable choices.

The newest collection of recipes from James Beard–nominated chef Sarah Glover is geared toward parents looking to improve their outdoor cooking game. We’ve included two of our favorite recipes from the book.

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Facebook is developing a new app for children, and advocates think it’s a terrible idea

Everything you need to make the most of the very best season with your very best friend

Ambreen Tariq’s new children’s book tells the story of an immigrant family’s first camping trip and expands the canon of outdoor literature for kids

Proposed laws in more than two dozen states seek to exclude transgender youth from interscholastic sports, depriving them of community and confidence-building skills

The nonprofit Skiku has brought nordic skiing to thousands of Native kids in Alaska, where access to the sport has historically been limited

American kids are less likely to play in a youth sports league than ever before. But as 2020's surge in outdoor activities showed, we have a huge opportunity to get this generation moving again.

An ambitious new project is based on a straightforward and very attainable goal: to help kids spend as much time outdoors as they do in front of screens

With the right clothing, tools, and toys, your family can be happy and comfortable out there anytime

A new travel book offers an inspiring reminder of possibilities at a moment when we really need it

As any child will tell you, smartwatches are one of the most popular items on holiday lists this year. Be careful what they wish for.

The pandemic has robbed kids of vital socialization with friends—and put even more emphasis on the importance of spending time with them in nature. But what happens when your child is a nonstop yakker on the trail?

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Practical tips from two experienced adventure moms

Adventure photographer Chris Burkard's 'Unnur' is a gorgeous meditation on one Icelandic father's plan to raise his daughter (way, way) off the grid

It’s the perfect wilderness vehicle for children who are too small to get far on their own but too heavy to carry

With at-home schooling the norm in many areas, we put together a P.E. plan for a full semester of fun and creative movement

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Everything you need to explore new trails and savor more time in the outdoors with your family

Technology and hyper-anxious parents were destroying one of the last bastions of unfettered childhood long before the pandemic closed camps for the season

Creating a shelter in nature is fun, encourages creativity, and offers an emotional refuge from the pandemic

A good dog is an exhausted dog. Here's how to wear them out every single day.

'Lockdown Lulluby' follows six-year-old fisherman Dylan, who describes quarantine as "pretty weird right now… but also kind of awesome."

'Hermanas' follows sisters, cyclists, and musicians Ale and Gemma Casillas as they explore what those identities mean to the next generation

Beat back summer-vacation boredom with these seven games for the family

Wild kids and wilder counselors create the most fun—and learn the lessons that matter most

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