Family Hiking Activites

Photo credit: Gideon Haden ChomphosyHiking is a fun and worthwhile activity in and of itself. Hiking is a great form of exercise, it allows you to experience nature firsthand, and it offers respite from constant Facebook notifications and a seemingly endless stream of work emails. Another great thing about hiking is that it’s something the whole family can enjoy together. Of course, children don’t necessarily appreciate nature and hiking in the same way as adults. Grownups may be content with fresh air and a good walk, but children may find that a little stale. Here are some fun family hiking activities that can help teach children to appreciate nature, and help make sure that the whole family enjoys your next hiking trip!

Pass the time and bond along the way

Telling stories and talking as a family is a great way to pass the time while hiking, and also a great way to get closer as a family. Tell your children tall tales and folk stories, ask your children about their interests, or create a story as a family. Pick out landmarks and things you find along your hike to weave a fictional narrative, or to document your hike.Learn each others favorite food, color, or animal. Just strike up a conversation!

Educational hiking

Take some time to learn about the different flora, fauna, and rock types in the area you are hiking through. Consider bringing a book along with you to help identify things you see while hiking. Listen for birds, watch for flowers, and decipher different animal tracks. Learn the history of the area that you’re hiking in and share this information along the way.

Help the environment while hiking

Make a point to pick up trash and litter along the trail. Explain the importance of environmental stewardship, and express why it’s important to leave as little of a mark on the environment as possible. You can can make a game out of it, and make good environmental practices fun. For example, offer your children 10 cents for each piece of trash they collect, or suggest an after hike pizza if they collect a certain amount of trash.

Play games while hiking

There are all kinds of fun games you can play while hiking. Do a scavenger hunt or play games like I Spy, 20 Questions, Would You Rather, etc.

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