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Get the latest advice for hiking with kids, opportunities for getting out with your family, and hear from family experts in the WTA community.

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How Youth are Building Trails and Community — Now and For the Future

Sep 19, 2019

Here's a look at what WTA's youth crews accomplished this summer.

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Lost Trails Youth Crew Spends Five Weeks in the Pasayten Wilderness

Sep 23, 2019

Our Lost Trails Youth Crew made big impacts (and big memories) this summer as they improved trails in the remote Pasayten Wilderness.

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Young Stewards Explore and Lend a Hand on Washington Trails

Sep 09, 2019

The power of partnerships helps the Deaf T-Birds, a high school group, get out to explore and clean up Olympic beaches.

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Tips to Inspire Kids to be Explorers like Dora

Aug 01, 2019

Swiper, YES swiping! Swipe these tips for inspiring young explorers like Dora the Explorer herself. You never know what’s in store-a when you hike like Dora!

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How to Plan for a Summer of Hiking with Kids

Jun 03, 2019

Don't let summer get away from you. Here are some tips to ensure you and your favorite kids get some time out on trail.

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Fourth Graders, Fifth Graders and Fun: WTA Youth Ambassador Leads Classroom Hikes

May 23, 2019

The Youth Ambassador Program gives leadership training opportunities to teens, who use their skills to plan trails-related projects in their own communities.

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Sharing a Love for Nature Through WTA

Jun 12, 2019

WTA member Maggie Oliver passes on the values of conservation to her students.

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7 Tips for Joyful Hiking with Kids

May 31, 2019

Lessons from a parent who's been there.

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Happy Mother's Day: Heart-Warming Stories From the Trail

May 08, 2019

In honor of mom, here are some of our favorite stories and photos of moms and families out on trail.

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Lost Trails Youth Corps: Tackling Backcountry Trails with Teamwork

Jun 12, 2019

This June, an all-star crew of 10 hardworking teens will embark on a 5-week long trail maintenance and leadership development journey thanks to the continuation of our partnership with the Northwest Youth Corps (NYC).

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Let's Roll: Trailhead Direct Service Begins April 20

Apr 11, 2019

Trailhead Direct, the popular transit-to-trails service co-led by King County Metro and King County Parks returns April 20 with more routes connecting convenient transit locations to popular trailheads.

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Connecting Youth and Nature — for Learning and Fun

Mar 25, 2019

Since 2014, the Glacier Peak Institute has been creating paths for local youth to get outdoors. The institute is a strong example of a WTA Outdoor Leadership Training (OLT) program partner with a deep dedication to providing outdoor experiences to youth.

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Where Are They Now: Jessie Thoreson Has Spent Every Summer Outdoors

Mar 11, 2019

Youth program alum and volunteer Jessie Thoreson been working outside since the summer she spent interning with WTA. She told us how interning with WTA helped her choose her major, and what she's been up to since then.

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Q&A with Touray Kungkagam: Making Time and Finding Awe in Nature

Feb 26, 2019

Touray Kungkagam has been finding adventure outside for years. He shares those adventures in his trip reports, and they range from wintry ascents requiring technical skill, to weight training with a toddler, to family-friendly strolls in the mountains.

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Libraries Check Out Discover Passes in Pierce, Spokane and Skagit Counties

Feb 04, 2019

A new program allows individuals and families to rent Discover passes through a select number of local libraries.

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Rockstar Community Leaders Champion Outdoor Adventures

Dec 20, 2018

Meet three determined outdoor leaders who led memorable trips for their schools and programs this year.

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Celebrate a New Year with Free Hikes at Washington State Parks

Dec 06, 2018

Free, guided hikes and snowshoe trips will be offered all across the state on January 1. Additionally, New Year's Day is a fee-free day. No Discover Pass is required.

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Wrap Up: A Working Mom's Year of Backpacking Once a Month

Dec 03, 2018

In January, Washington Trails editor Jessi Loerch set a goal to go backpacking once a month. She reflects on the year's adventures, and what she learned.

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3 Organizations That Go Outside to Train the Next Generation of Scientists

Nov 13, 2018

Three ways that graduates from WTA's Outdoor Leadership Training program are taking kids outside to learn about science and inspire the next generation of outdoor leaders.

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Starting a Washington Trail Journey Using Trailhead Direct

Oct 24, 2018

With no car and no way to reach trails, Trailhead Direct is a great option for new hikers to start their journey and for seasoned hikers to enjoy as well.

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Trailhead Direct to Continue to Provide Trails-to-Transit Service Through October

Oct 08, 2018

Transit services to the Issaquah Alps, Mount Si, and Mailbox Peak will be available until October 28 through the Trailhead Direct.

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Interactive Recreation Map Offers More Options for Accessible Hikes

Oct 04, 2018

An interactive map of ADA-compliant trails and features is now available on the Washington State Parks website.

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Enhance Your Hikes with 5 Hints From a (Sorta) Famous Person

Nov 30, 2018

How to beat the winter blues and embrace a sense of play? Grab your sequins or a stuffed chicken, recommends guidebook author David Williams.

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Teaming Up with Northwest Youth Corps Up in the Pasayten

Jul 23, 2018

Thanks to WTA supporters and new partnerships, a Lost Trails Youth Corps crew will spend five weeks fixing hard-to-reach sections of trail in the Pasayten Wilderness.

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Youth Ambassadors Do it Again!

Aug 08, 2018

Hard hat's off to another successful year of WTA's Youth Ambassador Program. This year’s Youth Ambassadors went above and beyond the expectations, setting an even higher bar for the class of 2018-19.

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Being a New Mom Was Hard. Hiking Helped.

Jul 24, 2018

Shanti Hodges is the creator of Hike It Baby, and the author of a new book featuring hikes you can enjoy with your whole family.

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Scavenger Hunts: Finding Fun on Trail

Jul 18, 2018

When you go hiking with your kids, add a scavenger hunt for a new level of fun. | By Wendy Gorton

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How Hiking With My Father Shaped My Life

Jun 04, 2018

Kate Galambos has been exploring the outdoors with her father from the time she was young.

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Like a Boss -- One Youth Volunteer Learns to Lead on Trail

May 22, 2018

Learn how Haylee Darby went from volunteer to youth ambassador to assistant crew leader.

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The Three Cs: Raising a Child Who Loves Nature

Apr 04, 2018

Krista Dooley, parent and the youth and volunteer programs director at WTA, on how a simple walk in the woods with her young daughter builds curiosity, courage and confidence.

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