Active Families


Lower your expectations, be kind to yourself, and always pack hot chocolate

You don't have to spend much—or anything—to improve your dog's health and happiness

From stocking stuffers to giving back, here's what we're getting our kids this season

The freedom to move and play outside inspires creativity and improved brain function

Advice from new parents on getting after it while you're starting a family

Beat the winter blues by turning your lawn into a laboratory

We laughed, we cried, we groaned, and our dogs mostly slept

Camps and wilderness expeditions offer a refuge from prejudice and political battles, giving trans kids the tools they need to face future challenges

As a child, Cody Sheehy made headlines when he vanished into the freezing wilderness of Northeast Oregon, making it out safely after 18 hours of determined slogging. Retracing his steps 32 years later, Sheehy says that getting lost was one of the best life lessons he ever had.

In which we unplug a generation of screen-addicted kids from their devices, give them freedom to roam (unsupervised!), help them make friends with animals, and show them that we, too, love to play outside

We have 22 years until we're in a significant global crisis. Show your kids how to implement these simple planet-friendly household changes now.

Sansho, an eight-year-old Karelian bear dog, was a magnificent serial killer, mentor, and friend

Meet Gideon, the ten-year-old boy who has pet 600 dogs and counting—and is making the internet a better place, one pat at a time

Living your best #packlife is easier than it looks

You don't need amazing trails to have an amazing day with little ones

Experts say intense outdoor activities can help children increase focus and develop a better awareness of their surroundings

Keep your kid comfortable (and give yourself some peace)

If your kid's under five and you want to spend a night under the stars as a family, you're gonna have to embrace extravagant camping

When a trail says "Dogs on Leash," it's time we respect that—and speak up to people who don't

As your children get older, your trail strategies have to change. Here's some advice from parents who have been there.

Wag and Rover are booming in popularity, but is your dog safe with them?

For lots of parents, it's more like stay-outside parenting. And it's hard work.

America's outdoor preschools are unregulated and mostly benefit the privileged. Still, they're a damn good idea.

A new book by Kim Brooks confronts parents' responsibility to assess risk on behalf of our kids

As your family grows, so will your family's tent needs

From breastfeeding while walking (it's possible!) to bottle feeding and pumping on the trail, here are the best options for parents on the go.

A guide at a wilderness therapy organization observes an increasing number of teens coming in to treat technology addiction

There might be food poisoning and potty-training emergencies. There will be tantrums. There will also be some magic.

Childhood used to come with rites of passage: your first fish, your first hunt, your first taste of outdoor risk. We need to rebuild the steps along the journey to adulthood.

Children are much more likely to enjoy outdoor activities—and stick with them—if they start out at the right moment in their physical and cognitive development.

There’s a simple solution to the vexing challenge of getting teens to put down their phones: education

When we truly let our children run free, the only guarantee is that they will surprise us

A father learns to follow his firstborn’s lead

Today’s kids are lonelier than any previous generation. What can help is a deep connection with animals both domestic and wild.

The best way to raise capable kids is to fuel their love of games—and stop forcing them to compete against each other

Whether you're wondering what an outdoorsy life with a young child looks like or just want to see some really cute babies, you should get to know these families sharing their journeys through organizations and social media

Hike It Baby founder Shanti Hodges shares her tips for hiking with babies, toddlers, and older children

One writer endures awkward morning cabin run-ins and hazardous chairlifts in the name of settling down (but still chasing snow)

Hand-picked by Kate Siber, author of the new children's book 'National Parks of the USA'

Brewer, entrepreneur, and ultrarunner Caitlin Landesberg on balancing being an entrepreneur with parenthood

It was just another beautiful day in the mountains for the author and his one-year-old Australian shepherd, Merle, when their lives changed in an instant

Even if you don’t own a dog! (Yes, this is possible.)

Shanti Hodges has written a new book to help motivate families to get on the trail—and find the one that's perfect for them

It was a great adventure base camp even before the state agreed to cough up $10K for anyone willing to move there

For toddlers and teens and everyone in between, these stories will ignite a sense of adventure

Spitfire excels at the curious sport of dock diving, or, in other words, jumping really, really far. That skill has landed him and his owner, 13-year-old Sydney Mackey, five world records—and counting.

Many of us owe our passion for the outdoors to our fathers.

Skip the tie this year and go for one of these budget-friendly products instead

'You Are Mighty' lays out ground rules for getting your kid to help change the world

The Magnolia State's first high-school mountain bike team wants to build a cycling culture, one pedal stroke at a time

We get strapped with more than just the logistics

In Love Creative’s film Denying the Wolf, a narrator explores what drives man’s best friend.

As it opens membership up to girls, the 107-year-old organization will now be known as Scouts BSA

And what parents can do to change that

Mother's Day is May 13. Are you ready?

They're not all head rubs and face licks

On the slope and off, there's plenty to do

Is it a shame we need them? Yes. But it's the only way to protect parents who want their kids to grow up independent and brave.

There's no reason smaller feet should equal smaller ambition

It's not about training regimens or dietary dogma—it's about community

When I needed to process my grief, the polar cold and isolation proved to be exactly what I needed

While other kids were stuck taking standardized tests, I decided to take my daughter, Devon, to Africa to learn about conservation in the global classroom

The new strategy promises to raise resilient, confident kids—exactly the skills needed to make great outdoorspeople

A new ad campaign from two major nonprofits aims to break children free from their dependence

During 40 years of adventure, hard-charging writer and climber Mark Jenkins has asked a lot of his wife and kids. After his fourth attempt on a dicey Chinese peak, he examines the risks and rewards of a risk-defying career.

From rafting whitewater to glamping among the sheep, these adventures will keep everyone happy

Want them to love the sport? Start slow.

Nine tips gleaned from the Swedish parenting playbook

Give them something that will inspire a lifetime of adventure

Bobby Kennedy Jr. has spent a lifetime protecting rivers, an ethos born on childhood expeditions

With its new Walls Are Meant for Climbing program, the company hopes to make climbing accessible for everyone of all ages and abilities

Tip: It helps to build your toddler a mini climbing wall so he can boulder with you

A swanky night out with the mutts saving our veterans' lives

The housing crisis in the Mountain West has gotten so bad that some folks are happy to rent a clean piece of pavement

The Boy Scouts of America just announced that it will accept girls in its Cub Scouts programs, and it's working to integrate the Boy Scouts by 2019

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