How do I find a nature preschool near me?

Find outdoor learning opportunities for your child by exploring the most comprehensive directory of nature preschools, forest schools and other nature-based education programs in...

5 Water Play Ideas for Summer

Few things capture children’s imagination like water. They love to pour it, jump in it, spray each other with it, swim in it, blow...

The Unexpected Ways Free Outdoor Play Sets Your Child Up for Success

When we think of learning, our mind immediately tends to conjure up images of classrooms, desks and text books. After all, school is the...

9 Safety Tips for Kids Climbing Trees

A while back I wrote a post about kids climbing trees that resonated with a lot of people. It made me realize just how...

The Best Rain Gear for Kids (from Baby to Big Kid)

You know how Google can usually tell when flu season is about to hit when the number of searches on terms like “flu vaccination,”...

How to Dress for Cold Weather (Video+Gear List)

“They didn’t go outside; it was just too cold for them today,” the substitute teacher responded matter-of-factly when I picked my daughter up from...

Make a Beautiful Hiking Stick with Nature

Nature crafts and process art with natural materials are good and simple ways to engage little ones in nature. Collecting the materials gives children...

DIY Christmas Ornaments from Bark (Natural and Kid-Friendly)

When it comes to DIY Christmas ornaments and other homemade crafts, I must admit I feel torn. I’m not a super crafty person but...

Creating Process Art with Tree Nuts

Fall. The season for finding the perfect pumpkin in a muddy field, grilling s’mores over a comforting campfire and creating process art with the...

Outdoor Memory Game for Kids

Are you looking for a forest-school inspired activity to change up your outdoor play routine? Or maybe the kids just need a little extra...

Nature People and 30+ Other Nature Craft Printables

I’m going to be totally honest – crafts are not my thing. Popsicle sticks, sequins, googly eyes and foam sheets usually make me cringe,...

5 Common Mistakes When Gardening with Kids (And How to Fix Them)

I’m not a pro gardener by any means. If I were to rate myself and my gardening skills on a scale from ‘total newbie’...

How to create a nature habit that sticks

  We all know that nature is good for our physical and mental health and well-being – but creating a daily nature habit can...

We can’t leave a walk over on teens and social media​

A new advisory says there's not enough evidence to conclude that social media is safe for children. It's time for adults to band together...

5 picture books for nature kids

Books can help reinforce children’s bond with Mother Nature by introducing them to the vocabulary of the natural world while also filling them with...

3 Reasons Introverted Kids Need Nature

There’s a classic scene in the 1938 short film by Disney, Ferdinand, where the mother of the peaceful bull asks him why he prefers...

Pre-Order The Open-Air Life

If you’ve read my first book, There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather, you might have wondered what happened after my daughters and I...

How to prevent ticks and not go crazy with worry

The other day, our cat had just snuggled up on my daughter’s pillow in bed when she saw something making its way through his...

5 tips for a successful winter picnic

If I say ‘picnic’, chances are you come to think of sitting in the grass in a park on a warm, sun-kissed day. But...

Inviting Nature Into the Holidays

Inviting Nature Into the Holidays​ Recently, I invited my Instagram followers to share what they the holidays should be about and the answers were...

The One Holiday Gift that Can Help You Unplug and Connect as a Family

If there are two phrases that get tossed around a lot in our house, it’s “Time to put your phones away!” and “No more...

Parents – Stop Worrying and Let Your Children Climb Trees!

As long as I can remember, my girls have climbed trees. Skinny trees, big trees, crooked trees, straight trees, old trees, young trees, pine...

5 Ways Free Outdoor Play Benefits Kids

Do you remember what your summer evenings were like as a child? If you were like me, they consisted of games of kick the...

Outdoor Recreation Gone Wild – And Why We Need More Friluftsliv

Recently, the girls and I went camping for a couple of nights in a scenic state park, with a 15-mile canoe trip marking the...

How to Dress for Cold Weather (Video+Gear List)

“They didn’t go outside; it was just too cold for them today,” the substitute teacher responded matter-of-factly when I picked my daughter up from...

What to Bring When Solo Backpacking with Kids (the Ultimate Check List)

I recently came across a story about a woman who hiked 33 miles through Alaska bear country carrying not only a 50-pound backpack but...

The BEST Christmas Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Kids + GIVEAWAY

I love the festivities, the family gatherings and the togetherness that usually accompany Christmas. But I’ll never embrace the pressure – whether perceived or real...

Winter Clothing Hack: MyMayu Wrist Gaiters

A while ago I shared a winter clothing hack that prevents snow from getting into kids’ sleeves in the winter. The picture, which was...

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsy Kid + Giveaways!

I know I can’t believe it either, but ’tis the time of the year to start thinking about Christmas gifts and other holiday gifts!...

Disana Wool Leggings Giveaway

A little over two years ago, I started this blog as a way to encourage outdoor play and adventure for kids every day, regardless...

The Unexpected Ways Free Outdoor Play Sets Your Child Up for Success

When we think of learning, our mind immediately tends to conjure up images of classrooms,...

The One Holiday Gift that Can Help You Unplug and Connect as a Family

If there are two phrases that get tossed around a lot in our house, it’s...

Why Scandinavians Leave Their Babies Out in the Cold

A few years ago, I got talking to a prominent researcher at the University of...

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9 Safety Tips for Kids Climbing Trees

A while back I wrote a post about kids climbing trees that resonated with a...

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The Best Rain Gear for Kids (from Baby to Big Kid)

You know how Google can usually tell when flu season is about to hit when...

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