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.
Have you been thinking about getting a trail packet for your kid but can't decide which one to get? How about turning your family hike into a bigger adventure? In this post, we share some fun ways to make the most out our Super Nature Adventures packets and trail selections.
Fall often seems to be the busiest time of year. The shorter days seem to quicken the pace of life, as do impending holidays, and the realization that soon we'll all be bundled up in coats and boots again. It’s easy to get trapped into a cycle of rush, rush, rush and forget how important down time with family is during times of transition.
This week marks our one year anniversary since we launched Super Nature Adventures. We want to take this moment to say thank you! When we came up with the idea for Super Nature Adventures, we had no idea if our particular vision for kids’ nature materials would resonate.
In an app-filled world of games and ironic memes, we felt like we were taking a bit of a risk in crafting tactile, hands-on materials that openly embraced that infectious sense wonder that kids have in the natural world, and the silly sense of humor that adults tend to be “too mature” to appreciate. It brings us so much joy to see kids connecting to nature through the materials we create.
We all know that Spring is a great time to see flowers, but that’s far from the only reason to get outdoors with your family this time of the year. Here are five other reasons Spring is a wonderful time of year for family outdoor adventures in the Pacific Northwest.
The Intimate Wonders of Spring Mushrooms
Foragers already know that spring is a great time for mushrooms. Just like in the Fall, the moist cooler temperatures help fungi thrive. Spring welcomes a few distinct kinds of fungi, most notably the much beloved morels, as well as many of the same mushrooms that are abundant in the Fall. And sometimes it's hard to remember, but soon enough we’ll be in the drier season, and even though fungi won’t completely disappear, the peak season of intimate wonders will have passed.
Bryna R. Campbell