Outdoor Family

Child reading a trail map at a trailhead kiosk with two adults looking on.

Outdoor Survival Skills for Kids

Ideas for teaching and equipping kids, including the 10 Essentials, to survive alone in the wilderness and tips to prevent getting lost,

Sarah's daughter kayaking at Hood Canal.

Lake Kayaking with Kids

Small and durable, and easily maneuverable, plastic kayaks ideal for kids ready to discover new independence on a lake.

Sandy beach on an island in Priest Lake.

31 Ways to Explore Inland NW Lakes

OTO writers share their ideas for recreation, adventure, and simply enjoying time at any lake in the Inland Northwest.

Mountain biking turning a corner on a forested trail at Mt. Spokane

New Summer Camps at Mt. Spokane

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park is hosting a youth Mountain Bike Skills Camp and Mountain Adventure Day Camp.

A person on a dock overlooking a lake.

Inland Northwest Lake Guide for 2021

Overview of the best lakes in eastern Wash., northern Idaho, western Mont., and southeast B.C., for paddling, fishing, and other recreation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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