Let Kids Get Dirty!

As parents, we need to let our kids get dirty sometimes.  Exploration and play are important for children and really all people.  As kids are exploring they need to know that it is OK if they get dirty. In fact, kids should be encouraged by their parents to get dirty sometimes.  Continue reading

Animal Tracks in Winter

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Rabbit tracks

Sometimes during winter in the Rocky Mountains it feels as if the world is simply asleep while everything is coated in a blanket of white snow.  Many animals, including me, are either not active are are less active.  However, there are still some animals in the Rockies that are active and search for food during winter.

Any time you are out in nature you may not see many animals around, but you know they are out there.  You know this either because you can hear them or because you are able to see evidence of them in the landscape, such as tracks or scat. Continue reading

Get Your Kids Outside!

This blog of mine is all about helping children and parents have fun in the Rocky Mountains.  I have been explaining all kinds of interesting things about the natural world in the Rocky Mountains because I think it is important for people and especially children to have a better appreciation and wonder of the world around them.

Remember though that all this information you can read about should not serve as a replacement for actually spending time outdoors.  Parents can read or talk to your children about mammals, about the difference between a bird nest and bird roost, or common fish of the Rockies.  But, nothing, yes absolutely nothing, can replace spending time outdoors exploring with your child. Continue reading

Fun Hikes With Kids In Utah

Hiking with kids is a day playing in the Rocky Mountains with your family.

There is nothing I enjoy quite as much as spending a day with my family out for a walk in the mountains.  Exploring the mountains with your family is an adventure.  You never know what you are going to come across on the trail – maybe you will see a big mammal grazing in a meadow or come across some really strange looking bug.

These hikes are some of my favorites in Utah.  They are between 2 and 6 miles long, making them a bit hard for very small kids, but not too long for most five and six year olds.   Continue reading

Hiking With Kids – Have Fun and Smell the Flowers

DSC_1223I love hiking, especially in the Rocky Mountains.  Prior to my owners having kids and being parents I loved to spend the day wandering in the mountains, pushing my body to its limit to see how far I could go and what I could see.  A ten-mile round trip hike was a nice way to spend the day.

As I have learned, hiking with kids is not the same as hiking with just adults.  With adults, a hike tends to be focused on getting to a distant goal, such as a mountain peak or lake.  In contrast, with kids it is all about the journey and not the destination.

Change Your Mindset – Go Slow and Enjoy the Journey Continue reading