Our monthly post to highlight the best writing and most useful tips written by Outdoor Parents over the past month.
You won't typically find gear reviews or travel guides here - on this site we focus on the skills and inspiration to help you get outside and stay outside with your kids. We also believe that everyone should feel welcome in the outdoors, so we share articles by parents and outdoors-people of color to make sure everyone is learning each other's perspectives.
Hopefully, this encourages you to plan your next outdoor adventures, reflect on what you were able to accomplish over the past month, or what you learned and would do differently. Enjoy!
Bouldering at Columbia State Historic Park in Columbia, CA
School & Kids Books:
On a final note, I want to link to this article:
I was specifically impressed by Rue Mapp's quote: "I love birds and wildlife. I love identifying them. But if I were to say we’re going birding today, I don’t know if anybody would show up unless you already were a birder. But if I say let’s go to Lake Merritt for a stroll and a potluck, people are going to show up. And guess what? I’m going to still bring out my binoculars, my spotting scope and my bird ID book."
Names and words have significant power, and we need to be careful with the words we use. They can be used deliberately or inadvertently to exclude people. They can be used to draw people in - like when we tell our kids we're going exploring when we actually mean we're going hiking.
Names specifically have power when settlers come to a country and give new names to the mountains, rivers, plants, and animals even though most of the natural world already had names given to them by the indigenous people. There is also power when climbing routes are named with offensive or sexist names that we wouldn't feel comfortable talking to our children about.
Let's all think about the words and names we use to go play in the outdoors, both to make everyone feel welcome but also to respect the long history of the land everywhere we go.
Two Silicon Valley engineers who have had a love of the outdoors since childhood. Parents of two small kids, spending our free time exploring the outdoors with them.