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The American Hiking Society and hiking superstar couple Jennifer Pharr Davis and Brew Davis are writing Families on Foot, a fun, engaging book that offers tools, tips, games, and activities for parents who want to connect their children to the outdoors through hiking. Be it a casual walk through …

American Hiking Agrees: Get More Kids to Parks & Forests

SILVER SPRING, MD – Today President Obama announced a new initiative that seeks to have more children experience America’s public lands. The initiative, Every Kid in a Park, will ensure that for the 2015-2016 school year, every 4th grader and their family gets a free annual pass to visit …

Hike Safely During Hunting Season

Fall is a fantastic time to enjoy a nice hike on the trails. Cooler, drier weather, changing leaves, and fewer insects make it one of many people’s favorite hiking seasons. Autumn is a favorite season for other forms of outdoor recreation too, especially hunting. Here are a few simple …

Do This. Always Do This.

Have you read the incredible story of Aron Ralston – the man who was trapped in a slot canyon in Utah and only escaped after cutting off his own hand? Though a hero for his bravery, Ralston is a lesson of what NOT to do on a hike. He …

Fear of Nature Has Lots of Company

“Refuge Rangers Fight Myths about Creepy Crawlies and Other Wildlife.”

It’s not just snakes. Other wild creatures inspire exaggerated fears, too: bats; spiders; birds; fish – yes, fish.

In the course of greeting tens of thousands of visitors a year, rangers on national wildlife refuges bump up against many such bugbears. …

Families on Foot Photo Challenge

American Hiking Society is partnering with Moosejaw Mountaineering to offer a series of hiking related photo challenges through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Hiking with your family is a fun, low-cost way to live an active, healthy lifestyle, build memories, and connect with nature.  According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, kids watch …