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WTA gives good advice on how to nurture outdoorsy kids because we get tips from the experts—parents! Read tips from the pros.

WTA gives good advice on how to nurture outdoorsy kids because we get tips from the experts—parents! Below is advice from parents in our community, including some staffers. 

Finding Balance as A Parent

Aug 11, 2020

"My life at home and work are much different than what I’d planned for 2020 — but I’m finding ways to make peace with that."

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How to Dress Your Baby for Hiking All Year Long

How to choose the right clothes to keep your baby — and you — happy on the trail.

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Time for Self

In a period of turmoil, time outdoors was both respite and reawakening | by shon't savage

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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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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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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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Father's Day: Outdoor Lessons From our Dads, Uncles and Grandfathers

Jun 14, 2018

This week, we asked Washington Trails Association staff if they had learned anything about the outdoors or nature from their fathers, uncles or grandpas.

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"It's Okay to Get Dirty" — Outdoor Wisdom from Our Mothers, Aunties and Grandmothers

May 11, 2018

Wielding axes, courage, common sense and adventurous spirits, the women who raised WTA staffers are part of why we are so committed to trails.

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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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Progress Report: Backpacking All Year

Apr 05, 2018

Washington Trails editor and mom Jessi Loerch set a goal for herself to backpack once a month this year. She's on track, and finding the sweet spot between spending alone time in the wilderness and sharing nature with some close friends.

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Go Camping with your Family this Winter

Feb 02, 2018

Winter and early spring are a great time to go camping with your family. Here's why, and some tips on how to do it.

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Father's Day: Life Lessons from Time on the Trail with Dad

Jun 16, 2017

From how to start a fire to developing a sense of wonder, outdoor fathers have a lot to give.

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