To top off our week dedicated to amazing family hikes, meet today’s guest @parkseekers, a family with a mission to visit every national park in the U.S. with their children!
ROAM: Tell us more about your mission.
@parkseekers: We consider ourselves a fairly typical family that loves our National Parks! We live in a large urban area and have regular work and school schedules, not to mention tons of sports and other activities for the kids that keep us pretty busy. Getting away from all of that and immersing ourselves in nature puts us in a state of pure bliss! We’re fortunate to live in a southern California coastal city in close proximity to so many western national parks. After the birth of our children, we began our quest to visit as many parks (and national monuments) as possible to help them build an appreciation for all these amazing places, hopefully before they start college! So far, we have been to 17 National Parks and many more national monuments and state parks. Your kids already really love the outdoors.
ROAM:Do you have any tips on how to motivate children to spend more time in nature?
@parkseekers: Living in Southern California has spoiled them because year-round, outdoor activities are part of our life. Although it’s never too late, we think it’s helpful to start getting them outdoors hiking and exploring as young as possible. When they see us doing it and encouraging it as part of a normal, healthy lifestyle, they embrace it. They’ll still complain occasionally about a hike being too long but they always look back on it afterwards and talk about how beautiful the area was or how much fun they had. Oh, and always carry snacks for mid-hike “re-fueling”! When we head out camping or even for short trips, our family has chosen to adopt a screen-free, unplugged lifestyle. It never starts smoothly: the kids usually complain and whine. However, once we drive off, they accept that their screens are at home and a truly spectacular sense of imagination and wonder starts to re-emerge. They become less distracted and more motivated to explore the physical world in front of them.
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