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After months of pandemic-induced isolation, one Vermont family dove headfirst into a 272-mile adventure

America’s youth are in desperate need of real-life human connection. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bassist says there’s no better place to provide that than a skate park.

Working as a camp counselor teaches you important skills that could jump-start your career

Fifty years after its release, it’s time to unwrap the messages embedded in the game

Want your children to have a deeper relationship with nature than you do? So did this writer. She found an entry point in Tinkergarten.

Stories about kids who break hiking or climbing records feel like the continuation of an outdated and unhealthy attitude toward outdoor recreation

For decades, Deep Springs College in California resisted the push to go coed. But even though women are now allowed to attend, it still holds on to the past.

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

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

“I would contend that stupid behavior is sometimes the proper response to stupid laws”

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

Our ten-year-old ripper tests the pedal-assisted Woom UP 6 to find out

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

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

If you can get past the lack of creature comforts, spending a night outside might be one of the most rewarding things you do

Save on hiking and camping equipment with Amazon’s biggest sale of the year

We asked movers and shakers in different corners of the outdoor world about what people can do to make certain spaces and sports more welcoming for all

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

Our ethics columnist on the right and wrong way to share the trail this summer

Bringing order to parental chaos is an uphill battle, but these products can help

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.

Six items guaranteed to elevate your family’s next outdoor adventure

Choosing whether or not to have children can be difficult for many women. For Amelia Boone, an elite athletic career and her ongoing eating disorder recovery have made it even more complicated.

This seat holds its own against competitors that are twice as expensive

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

From surfing the coast of Maine to exploring slot canyons in Utah, these adventures will make the whole family happy

Keep family adventures tantrum-free

The CEO of Scout Campers shares his story

Is protecting your children from harm the best way for them to explore and understand the world?

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

The phone rang and it was our 18-year-old, Hatcher, who apparently took a hard spill while ripping laps on Eldora Mountain. Or so we think: he’s OK now, but he still has no idea what really happened.

After a long year of staying put during COVID-19, families are dreaming of spring breaks and summer vacations. But should you book that flight? Our experts weigh in.

Author Natalie Warren wants young women to disregard conventional rites of passage and get lost in the wilderness

Monica and Vince Strawbridge and their four children hiked the PCT in 2018 and the CDT in 2020. Now the family has begun the AT.

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

Want to safely build a rope swing but don’t know where to start? Learn how with professional tree climber Waldo Etherington.

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

Traveling with your pod? Buy out these places for private stays.

We came up with a list of the people, places, and trends that matter now, from the rise of outdoor reservation systems and new mountain-biking meccas to where to thaw out this winter

Winning races when you’re young may seem like a good predictor of future success, but it’s not perfect

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.

Photographer Shaun Price captures images of a project to build a mobile bike repair center during COVID-19

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

Top picks from the person who's tried everything

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

In a year gone wrong, do this part of Christmas right

How old does a child need to be when you give them their first knife? The answer assumes you know how old they are in the first place.

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.

Pull your van or RV into the cheapest slopeside lodging you can find: an overnight parking space

Resort executives are warning customers that skiing will be different this season. I'm here to tell you that "different" means better.

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?

How young is too young for risk? During an Idaho river adventure that included her seven-year-old, Tracy Ross faced this question in the most harrowing way imaginable.

This side-by-side will get you up the gnarliest roads on the planet, and it's scream-out-loud fun to drive

Maximize your child’s winter fun this season

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

Bouldering psychotherapy is gaining traction because the sport is unique in its easy access and ability to draw out emotions

Given that most of us have stayed put for the past few months, the Outside staff came up with some exciting ways to make the most of being on the home front. Puppy, anyone?

Forget working from home. Here's everything you need to stay connected from your vehicle or a trailhead.

Researchers have identified an alarming lack of books about Black children in nature. Diversifying your bookshelf can help kids find themselves in literature—and the outdoors.

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

It's all about making sure they have fun on the trail

From going big on snacks to active pit stops, here's everything you need to know before taking a long road trip with the whole family

Essential items from five full-time road-trippers

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