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Cube Iron Roadless Area - view from summit rocks looking over the valley wilderness.

Adventure Inspiration: 34 Summer Trip Ideas

Our friends in the Inland NW outdoors community share their go-to adventures. Get inspired to explore someplace new this summer.

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Children swimming and paddleboarding on Fish Lake, with trees in the background and a sandy beach in the foreground.

8 Family-Friendly Lake Parks for Hiking & Swimming

Favorite regional lake parks in North Idaho and Washington that offer great hiking and swimming options for hot summer days.

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Young child riding his bike on a dirt pump track at Camp Sekani, with Ponderosa pine trees in the background.

5 Lessons I Learned About Riding With Kids

Being outside on and around bikes at a young age will help children develop a life-long passion for this fun, healthy outdoor activity. It may not always be easy, but it’s worth it.

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Students pouring water from cups onto the ground while learning at the Spokane County Water Resources Center. Instructor looks on.

Nature Schools in the Inland NW – 2021

Schools and childcare programs in Eastern Washington and North Idaho that provide play-based, hands-on, outdoor learning and environmental curriculum.

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Main lodge at Camp Four Echoes at dusk with all the lights on and reflection of lodge and lights on the calm, flat surface of Lake Coeur d'Alene.

Outdoorsy Summer Camps in the Inland NW – 2021

Annual list of regional summer camps and nature-based schools to help #OutThereKids live their full-potential during this COVID-era summer.

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Happy teenage girls at Camp Spalding during summer 2020, gathering in a line, looking at camera, smiling behind their COVID face masks, and giving the camera thumbs-up signs. Trees in the background.

Summer Camps in the COVID Era

Re-connecting with nature, being more physically active, and learning social-emotional skills are more important than ever for kids.

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Kids and moms hiking along the trails at High Drive Bluff Park in Spokane.

5 Tips for Spring Hikes with Kids

Whether it’s one child or a small group of siblings, cousins, or friends, use these 5 tips to prepare for your next hiking adventure. Happy hikers want to go out again.

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Woman hiking with her dog on a forested trail at Slavin Conservation Area.

8 Spirit-Boosting Spring Hikes for Kids

Spending time in a forest or exploring a lake shoreline are stress-reducing, morale-boosting activities for kids, helping to stabilize emotions and provide mental clarity. Explore a new trail and find some unplugged, wild serenity this spring with these 8 Inland Northwest hikes, which can be tailored for different hiking abilities.

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Boy jumping on a mini trampoline close-up.

Virtual Learning Recess Activities

Pandemic-induced virtual learning has reduced physical activity. Here are five ways for kids to get exercise during short class breaks on virtual schooldays.

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A group of kid skiers on top of a mountain.

Ski Idaho: Youth Passport & Programs

The Ski Idaho association’s 5th/6th Grade Passport program provides free lift tickets at Schweitzer, Silver Mountain, Lookout Pass, and other Idaho ski areas.

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