Let's Get Outside

Explore the world in your own backyard or go on an adventure! Take a look at some of these titles for ideas on getting outside and exploring the nature in your world.

Updated April 29, 2023
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50 hikes with kids : Oregon and Washington
Gorton, Wendy
Winner of the 2018 National Outdoor Book Award Handcrafted for Northwest caregivers that want to spark a love of nature, 50 Hikes with Kids highlights the most kid-friendly hikes in Oregon and Washington. These hikes are perfect for little legs--they are all...
1000 hours outside : activities to match screen time with green time /
Yurich, Ginny,
Join the global movement and challenge your family to match screen time with outdoor time-with hundreds of fun, fresh-air ideas. Did you know that the average child in the UK spends more than 1,000 hours a year in front of a screen? And that outside play can boost children...
Backpack explorer : on the nature trail
Fačy, Bernard
Jump-start curiosity with this take-along field guide for children ages 4 and up. From worms, birds, and spiders to trees, flowers, and clouds, young explorers learn what to look and listen for wherever they are -- whether in a nature preserve, an urban park, or a suburban backyard. Seek-and...
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington
Elderkin, Susan
Author Susan Elderkin has seen her kids express wonder and glee at discovering insects and flowers, melt down in tearful defiance in the middle of a trail, and triumphantly reach a summit and view. In short, she's a regular mom who wants to encourage other parents to get their regular kids out into...
Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon
Henderson, Bonnie
For this new and fully revised edition, veteran author Bonnie Henderson partnered with Zach Urness, hiker, writer, and parent of young children.Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon gets kids excited about the outdoors early, and creates in them a passion that lasts a lifetime. This second edition...
Exploring nature activity book for kids : 50 creative projects to spark curiosity in the outdoors
Andrews, Kim
Explore the great outdoors with this hands-on activity book for ages 6 to 12! Track, explore, discover, and create! This incredible choice in nature books for kids is full of activities you can bring on your adventures through your backyard, the park, the woods, and beyond. No...
Fat Girls Hiking An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability
Michaud-Skog, Summer.
"An invaluable guide...Kudos to the author for changing the narrative on inclusiveness, breaking down stereotypes, and building body positivity." --Booklist From the founder of the Fat Girls Hiking community comes an inclusive, inspiring call to the outdoors for people of...
Little Feet Hiking: 25 Confidence-Building Hikes for Little Kids Around Vancouver, Washington
Becker, Jessica
Are you wondering where to take your little ones hiking in and around Vancouver, Washington? Looking for trails that are less risky for kids but are also fun for adults? Want some tips on how to build hiking confidence and skills, all while engaging with your kiddos in nature? Well read on! This...
Little feet hiking: Columbia River Gorge : 50 hikes and learning adventures for kids in the Columbia River Gorge
Becker, Jessica (Tinkergarten teacher)
CHECK OUT THE ONLY KIDS HIKING BOOK SOLELY FOCUSED ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE AREA! Jessica Becker is a homeschool mom and avid hiker and backpacker, residing in the great Pacific Northwest. "little feet hiking: Columbia River Gorge" is Jessica's fourth hiking guide. All...

Columbia River Gorge

Little feet hiking two: 30 more hikes for kids around southwest Washington and Mt. St. Helens
Becker, Jessica (Tinkergarten teacher)
Are you looking for hikes in Southwest Washington that are kid-friendly and interesting to adults and kids? Have you gone on a hike that was supposed to be kid-friendly and it ended up being totally different than you expected? Do you want to take your family hikes to the next level through in-the...

Southwest Washington and Mt. St. Helens

CHECK OUT THE ONLY KIDS HIKING BOOK SOLELY FOCUSED ON THE MT. HOOD (OREGON) AREA! Jessica Becker is a homeschool mom and avid hiker and backpacker, residing in the great Pacific Northwest. "little feet hiking: Mt. Hood" is Jessica's third self-published hiking guide. All...

Mt. Hood

Play the Forest School way : woodland games, crafts and skills for adventurous kids
Houghton, Peter (Teacher)
Woodland games, crafts, and other outdoor adventures from the Forest School-for parents and their children The rise of the grassroots Forest School movement in recent years is part of a groundswell of concern about the wellbeing of our children, with many media scare stories...
Urban Trails: Vancouver, Washington: Longview, Battle Ground, Camas, Yacolt Burn State Forest
Romano, Craig
Attractive, full-color pocket guides to the best walks, hikes, and runs in these vibrant, growing areas- First guidebook for this fast-growing area- Written by Washington's most recognized outdoor author This new addition to the Urban Trails series of popular, close-to-home trails is designed...
Curious kids nature guide : explore the amazing outdoors of the Pacific Northwest
Cohen, Fiona
Filled with fun facts and 100 full-color, beautiful, and scientifically accurate illustrations, this nature guide will inspire kids to go outdoors and discover the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Did you know that baby raccoons are smaller than a bar of soap? Or that...

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