Review: M.A.P. Splash Safe Sandals

Pros

  • Easy for the children to get on and off by themselves
  • Comfortable for a multi-hour outing
  • Stay on in rigorous conditions
  • Vibrant colors inspired by nature are adored by children
  • Lightweight and fast drying

Cons

  • High back on the
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Building a Family Nature Club with Jason Sperling [Podcast]

I am grateful for having had the chance to chat with the folks at Colorado.fm about my latest book Unplugged and how to build a Family Nature Club. Check out the interview here: http://www.colorado.fm/jason-sperling/.… Read more

100 Hours Unplugged: Lessons From the San Juan River, 36 Years Later

“Look at that cutie!” Nyla spins towards me, her heels kicking up red dust into the sun-filled canyon of Utah’s San Juan River, raising her hand to show me what she’s got gently clasped between her eight-year-old fingers: a desert … Read more

My Daughter’s First Night Sleeping Under The Stars – In A Hammock, By A Roaring River

Dawn light fills the canyon of the San Juan river, a muddy tributary of the Colorado river that spans the states of Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah and offers an easy-going and scenic float trip for boaters that’s perfect for Read more

[Interview] Belize with kids – best places and things to do

Photo: Pelican Beach Resort – South Water Caye, Belize, Central America

After receiving the unusual once-in-a-lifetime gift of airline tickets to (almost) anywhere in the world, my wife and I began dreaming of escaping the Colorado winter with our family … Read more

2 Part Process for Keeping Children Warm on Sub-Freezing Adventures [INTERVIEW]

It finally snowed here in Boulder, Colorado!, which of course turned my attention to making sure we dress our children appropriately for getting out and staying out in the sub-freezing snowy wonderland. I reached out to my friend, Wil Rickards, … Read more

VITAMIN N IN KINDERGARTEN: Nature-Based Education [INTERVIEW]

My daughter has attended Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, Colorado, since she was three years old. The school and educational program shares my values of love for nature and the outdoors. When I hear stories from other parents about … Read more

Dreams about Christmas gifts for my family

16 Outdoor Gift n’ Gear Ideas for a Simpler Holiday Season.

This year we’re trying to adopt a simpler gift giving philosophy for Christmas. The idea is one we’ve heard from others where you get each person in your family … Read more

Review: Strider 12 Balance Bike

Pros

  • One of the most affordable quality balance bikes around
  • Low seat design fits most toddlers
  • Lightweight steel frame makes for a bike that is easy to control and lasts through multiple children
  • Foam flat-free tires are versatile enough for
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First canoe at Gross Reservoir

In the bow seat, Nyla uses a kayak paddle to provide locomotion as Silas watches water slide off his paddle into the chilly mountain waters. We slowly cross a narrow finger of the reservoir towards a rocky point. Once we … Read more