“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder…he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” - from Rachel Carson’s The Sense of Wonder
Keep it simple - keep it fun!
• Some destinations have stroller-friendly paved paths or paths of crushed stone. While they won’t provide a “rugged tail” experience, they will allow you to hike with your toddlers, so we include them on our maps whenever possible.
• Young children should be able to handle most of our easy hikes. We provide mileage between points so you and your kids can decide how far you want to hike - keep a record or get a gold start for major milestones!
• I don’t know one bird for another! Explore together and don’t worry about facts – it’s important that you plant a seed for the love of nature, creating lasting memories that may spark a future thirst for knowledge.
• Purchase an extra map just for the kids – allow them to mark it up and keep track of their hikes, … “this is were we stopped for lunch” “we saw a moose here!”
• Children’s’ museums, parks with playgrounds, ice cream – all find their way into our written descriptions as often as possible – we like to have fun too.
• Pack it in -pack it out. Teach your kids outdoor ethics - they’ll feel good about making a difference and will learn by your example.