Let’s set the scene. You just started out on your family hike. You feel prepared with snacks, water, proper shoes and everything else you might need. You have your smart phone ready to capture photos of you, your spouse, and your kid.
You are pumped. Everything seems to be going great! You get to share a special afternoon exploring the outdoors with the whole family.
Then reality sinks in, when almost immediately, your child exclaims loudly, “I’m bored!”
Your heart sinks. You grow frustrated. You wonder if your kid will ever be one of those nature-loving kids you see in the happy photos that all the outdoor companies use to sell your product. Maybe you even start to doubt yourself as a parent.
Calling all families!
The end of the school year is almost here in the area around Portland, Oregon, and we are celebrating with a party for all those curious, creative, inquisitive kids out there!
So mark your calendars for a fun filled Portland themed Bash!
Join us for our end-of-the-year Portland Explorers Party, and while you're there, your child can enter their artwork into the first Portland Explorers Club Art Exhibition!
*Games and Activities
*Kid Friendly Snacks
*Enter your artwork into the first Portland Explorers Club Art Exhibition, and be entered to win the Explorers Prize (details below)
EXHIBITION & PRIZE DETAILS:
--> Everyone who participates in the art exhibition will be entered to win the Explorers Prize: an amazing package that includes a 3-month subscription to Super Nature Adventures and $25 gift certificate to toy store Made You Look.
--> Winner picked from a drawing after the event. To enter your child’s artwork, and be eligible for the prize, follow the directions on this art entry form. You must attend to be eligible for the prize.
It's all happening at Made You Look PDX on Friday, June 7, 2019, from 4-5:30 pm.
It's going to be a great time! Let's all come and celebrate Portland and summer fun!
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is co-hosted by Made You Look PDX, and the art exhibition will be held at the store through June, starting the weekend after the event.
Photo by Kristine Thompson
May is starting off lovely here in the Pacific Northwest, isn't it? There's sun in the forecast as far as the eye can see.
All this warmer weather means we are going to start seeing more animals, insects, and other creatures that either hatch or come out of hibernation in the spring. It also means we'll be transitioning into butterfly season soon.
There's a lot to be excited about this time of year, so make some space to get outside before this season ends.
Here are some bits of nature & trail news that we have on our minds right now:
Now let's talk about what to explore with Kids this May!
There are few things more exciting about Spring than the return of bright colors. The pops of yellow, pink, white, and lavender are all inviting signs of warmer days ahead.
During these spring months, one of the best family trails to see these changes is the Camassia Nature Park trail in West Linn, Oregon.
Did you know that Super Nature Adventures has a longtime partnership with the non-profit organization, Friends of the Columbia Gorge? Since the summer of 2018, we’ve been working with them in a variety of capacities.
We’ve worked with them to host kid-centered group hikes at Bridal Veil Falls and Steigerwald Lake National Refuge. We’ve done family activities at their member events. And we donate a dollar of every sale from our Steigerwald Lake Family Trail Packet and our Bridal Veil Falls Family Trail Packet to the organization.
Why Friends of the Columbia Gorge?
The Friends of the Columbia Gorge is an organization that came on our radar after the Eagle Creek wildfire in 2017. Like so many of us living in Pacific Northwest, we were shocked and saddened when we heard the news of the wildfire and were seeking out ways to be useful in the recovery efforts (see our blog post from that time about talking to kids about wildfires).
Spring Wildflower season can go by quickly in the Pacific Northwest....especially if you are a parent!
It can be hard to keep track of what's blooming when you're also managing extracurricular activities, end-of-the-year school events, and spring holidays.
Maybe you’ve already got this wildflower thing down. But chances are you have you have a vague sense of when things look really pretty, but you aren’t sure what you are supposed to be looking at or which weekend to reserve to go explore.
In this post, we are here to help you out on two of the most iconic PNW spring wildflowers - Trilliums and Camas Lilies.
Do you ever struggle with getting outdoors in the winter months?
I confess do.
Whether it’s the chilly damp air or my own impatience for spring (come on buds, start blooming already!), I tend to get especially grumpy about everything outdoor related around mid-February.
The funny thing, however, is - once I actually go outside, I almost instantly feel energized, and those yucky winter blahs start to go away.
Hello there! We are very excited to announce the launch of a new blog post series all about Super Nature Heroes.
Who are Super Nature Heroes?
Why...all those amazing people who protect the outdoors & enrich our understanding of nature...of course!
Super Nature Heroes come in all kinds of different forms.
They include volunteers and parks employees. Artists, scientists, writers.
Everyday people who share and show their love of the outdoors.
They are the administrators and volunteer coordinators, the rangers and firefighters, the bridge builders and custodians that make it possible for you to enjoy public parks. And so much more!
It may be darker out, and the days may be shorter, but don’t be fooled. Winter is a great time to go on a family hike.
It’s a beautiful time of year to explore how the wet weather transforms different habitats. By this time of year, it’s all about the mighty evergreen. This winter time invites the urge to collect pine cone for crafting, jump in muddle puddles, and indulge in a post-hike hot chocolate & cookie break.
Kids also tend to feel cooped up this time of year. As much as we wish it weren’t so, they also feel our end-of-year stress. Thus hiking as a family helps everyone feel a little more calm, and helps kids get their wiggles out.
Here are a few reminders about hiking with kids in the winter to help you out:
One of the big challenges of Thanksgiving is the added stresses that the holiday brings. Between the planning, eating, travel, the extended family get togethers, the entire week can be quite taxing!
That’s why our family has a tradition of going for a family hike during the break.
Nature does the body, mind, and soul a lot of good.
Getting outdoors is one of the most effective ways to easy stress and anxiety. Plus, a walk can aid digestion after that big meal, and can help kids stuck indoors during mealtime get their wiggles out.
This time of year is also a great time to enjoy the last of fall colors before we transition more fully into winter.
Want to get outdoors during your Thanksgiving break but your not sure where to go? Here are some ideas to help you out.
Bryna R. Campbell