Safe and Fun Family Travel

Car parked in a grove of redwood trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Family Roadtrip Essentials (+ Printable Packing List)

Relaxing on Butte Lake after a day of hiking

April 28, 2021

A road trip is the quintessential American family vacation, but it can be intimidating to hit the road with a car full of kids. Planning and keeping some family road trip essentials in mind will smooth out the stress so that you can focus on making new memories. … Read More

Nature Scavenger Hunts for Kids

Nature Scavenger Hunt Surprise Finds

April 31, 2020

Nature scavenger hunts for kids are an easy way to get your family outside and enjoying nature wherever you are. Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite activities to plan. At its core, a scavenger hunt is simply a game in which the players search for specific items. But, while the game aspect keeps participants engaged and having fun, the designer can layer in meaning in surprising ways.  … Read More

Hiking in Rattlesnake Country: What to Do in Case of a Snakebite and How to Avoid One in the First Place

July 8, 2020

Genie Moore is an Environmental Education Specialist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service‚Äôs San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and a mom of two. Here she shares advice about what families should do to prepare for a chance encounter with a rattlesnake on the trails. … Read More

Make Your Own Painted Walking Sticks: Stay Safe and Have Fun on the Trails

July 9, 2020

In our recent interview about rattlesnake safety with Genie Moore, walking sticks kept emerging as useful advice for careful stepping. John has long been in the habit of picking up a good walking stick on a hike, but given this renewed perspective, I thought it might be a good idea for the kids to each make their own special walking stick for our hikes to reinforce the habit.  … Read More