It was fun finding gift ideas for the beautiful world of childhood and getting them outside.

Remember, it’s not the destination but the journey that brings the fantastic outdoors into the heart of our youngsters that carries into teen and adult years.

Research shows that just 5 minutes of being outdoors in nature improves mood and self-esteem. Another benefit is improved cognitive function and memory. 


Your backpack and your gear make any adventure more rewarding and memorable, whether doing a short trail, a day hike, or backpacking.

Let the kids be responsible for carrying their gear!

Mini M.U.L.E Kids Hydration Backpack – fun styles to choose from for boys and girls.

Deuter Children’s Hiking Backpack – Youth Trail and Alpine Backpack – Several color choices


Shoes matter for safety, comfort, and confidence as parents watch them scramble and run wild while exploring!

Merrell Child Chameleon 7 Access Mid Hiking Boot – Waterproof, Unisex, Fun color choices.


Three items to get them started for the backpack.


Exploring Nature Activity Book for Kids – 50 creative projects to spark curiosity in the outdoors.

Backpack Explorer – On the Nature Trail


Winter is one of our favorite seasons to play outdoors.

REI offers an excellent selection of kid’s winter outdoor clothing to keep them happy and warm! 

Wildhorn Spire Combo Pack Ski/Snowboard Helmet for Kids – 7 color choices. Wildhorn is #1 rated in youth helmets.

Tubbs Flex Jr Snowshoes

Tubbs is well-known for excellent snowshoes.

K2 Adjustable Junior Ice Skates – Save on skate rentals!


I know for me if my fingers or toes get cold I am miserable. Good gloves and socks matter for happy winter kids. 

Swany Junior X-Change Insulated Winter Mittens – We love Swany brand gloves. Boy’s and Girl’s colors are available.

Swany Zap Mit for Youth – Boys and Girls colors and style choices are available.

Obermeyer Kids Gloves – Little kids/Big kids. Several color choices.

Smartwool Wintersport Full Cushion Youth Socks – 7 color styles – Smartwool brand are excellent socks for the outdoors. 

Smartwool Hiking Full Cushion Kids Socks – more colors available.

Darn Tough Jr Micro Crew Sock – Darn Tough makes fun designs for kids and adults. Excellent socks for the outdoors.


FujiFilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera – All ages love this poloraid-style camera!

Bug Catcher Kit – ages 4-8, 8-12

Heavy Duty Snow Tube – Kids & Adults!

Osprey Poco Child Backpack – Excellent quality!

Nocs Provisions Zoom Tube 8×12 Monocular Telescope. Compact, Lightweight, a single-eye binocular!

GABB Smart Watch for Kids – GPS Tracker, Safe Cell Phone, Talk/Text ability No social media, Parental control. 

Razor A Kick Scooter for Kids – Lightweight, Foldable. Lots of color choices

Wishouse Rechargeable Walkie-Talkies – Long range with USB Charger. Kids love these indoors and outdoors!


For a wide selection of kid’s and teens ‘wear, outdoor gear, skis, and snowboards,

Backcountry offers 15% off your first order!


Coleman Kids Wonder Tent – 2-person. Outdoor/indoor. Learn to set it up and take it down! Backyard fun & camping.

Kelty Mistral Kids 20 Degree Sleeping Bag – Cozy, comfortable, and warm! Excellent quality.

Coleman Kids Adventure Lantern – runs for 16 hours



Gift ideas for the whole family to enjoy activities and the outdoors!

National Parks Pass for the family

Annual State Park Pass in your State

Recreation Center Annual Pass

Magazine Subscription to “National Geographic for Kids,” or “Sports Illustrated Kids”

A fishing license for your state

Adopt an animal from your local zoo.

Lessons: for example, swim lessons, gymnastics, basketball, etc.


I volunteer for State Parks, and the most sought-after books in our Visitor Centers are below. One about Poop – gets them giggling but also a great way to learn about skat and wildlife. The second is my favorite, and the last is always a winner!

Who Pooped in the Park? By Gary D. Robson – Guaranteed to be a hit!

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? By Carmela LaVigna Coyle – Love the Princesses Series.

Let’s Go on a HIKE! By Katrina Liu – Family favorite

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