Introducing the 52 hike challenge
it's time to GET OUR kids back into nature...
To celebrate our 5-year anniversary, we decided to inspire more families and individuals to get the kids in their lives outdoors!
we have created 52+ ACTIVITIES for your kids to complete in NATURE
With our 52+ printable activities we are making it easy to inspire your next hiking and outdoor adventure!
are you ready to bond with the kids in your life?
With our new challenge, we want you to explore the empowerment, bonding, and grandeur found in nature alongside the children in your life. Did you know that being outdoors increases creativity and even helps children with ADHD? Plus, being outside is free, good for overall well-being, and allows kids to be active!
How it works
4. Start planning your next trip.
Start planning all your adventures!
5. Enjoy each visit.
The only way to start something, is to go out and do it. Enjoy each adventure and make sure to tag us on social using the hashtags #52HikeChallengeKidsSeries #52HikeChallenge2020 and #52HikeChallenge
6. Share the challenge with your loved ones
Spread the hiking and adventure love. Tell your friends and family about your challenge and see how many people you can inspire to get outdoors too.
52 Hike Challenge Kids Series Ultimate Package
52 Hike Challenge Kids Series Printables Only
52 Hike Challenge Kids Series Starter Package
52 Hike Challenge Kids Series Patches
52 Hike Challenge Kids Hoodie
When does the challenge start?
NOW, so get out there with the kids and start counting your hikes! This is a yearlong goal and we want you to embrace it from the date you first learned about the challenge and committed to it.
What is considered a "Hike"? Do all Activities need to be completed on a "Hike"
Since it is our mission to make this challenge accessible to families, people with kids and children, we'll count 1-mile minimum as a hike. This includes a walk, hike, a snowshoe adventure on flat land (for those who are in colder climates). You can go to a park, go hiking or just go outside in your own backyard for some of these activities, however, we recommend taking the kids outdoors and on trail for best results.
Can I do the 52 Hike Challenge if I am in another country?
YES!! The challenge is open to kids anywhere in the world. To date we've had hikers in Canada, Egypt, Poland, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Indonesia and more!
Can I repeat an activity? Do they have to be done in order?
You don’t need to do these activities in order, but we do recommend you do the journaling / discussion prompts on hikes one (1), twenty-six (26), and fifty two (52) as a reflection and to teach your kids mindfulness. If you are unable to complete a task, you can swap for another activity. Re-doing an activity is allowed.
Is there a list of hikes I need to complete?
No, this is about you making a commitment and getting the kids outdoors more, so it can be something from a nature walk to a longer hike. We do have a log, download it here! In addition, we find a lot of challengers get hiking ideas from searching what others have posted using hashtag #52HikeChallenge. Searching this in Instagram reveals a lot of cool places to put on your bucket list, click this link to see what other challengers are sharing.
Will I be doing the hikes with 52 Hike Challenge?
We really want everybody around the world to be doing this - and we just can't be everywhere at the same time, so unfortunately no. However, you can join your park on a docent led hike. We also host pop-up hikes that occur in many areas, please sign up for our newsletter where we announce our group trips. Other than that, we hope we gave you all the resources (clothing/gear recommendations and hiking groups) you need to get started in your area! Please review this post for help with the activities llist.
How will you keep track of my hikes?
We will be using social media and a bit of the honor system. To do this, we ask that you post a picture of your hike on social media and tell us what hike number it is by using hashtags. For example, hike one will be #hike1, hike two will be #hike2, and so on, as well as tagging us at #52HikeChallenge(YEAR) or #52HikeChallenge2020, #52HikeChallengeKidsSeries, #52HikeChallenge and @52HikeChallenge so that we can see your progress. We also hope that in the process you encourage more friends and family to get outdoors and join you! In addition, we have provided a Hiking Log for you to download and strongly encourage you to keep track of your kids hikes to help you and them to stay motivated.
I just found out about the challenge. Can I count previous hikes?
We want this challenge to be intentional with our list of 52+ activities. This challenge is about immersing the kids in your life in nature to gain the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional benefit that come from the outdoors. So please start counting one year from the first day you started an activity.
Why did you start this Challenge?
Most of it is covered under "About Us". We really believe getting outdoors can change people's lives for the better. As you can imagine, we have had a great journey and our lives have changed - we also believe if we can do it, so can you!
How do I find hikes?
Check out our Finding Trails page, you can also do an online search, or buy a local hiking book. :) Better yet, stop by the local ranger station of your chosen park / area and get their recommendation.