The National Park Service celebrates 100 years of protecting, promoting, and preserving the natural spaces set aside for generations to come. But who uses them? How many are there, and how can we get there? In 2016, Outdoor Families Magazine will be exploring national parks, popular and not-so-much. During this centennial year, we'll delve into the history of the National Park … [Read more...]
Y’all Head to San Antonio, Now, Ya Hear?
by Heather Mundt - If I were to ask you to name a Texas town that is hip, vivacious, and family-friendly, would your automatic answer be: Austin? If so, you'd be right. But I'd propose heading about 80 miles southwest of Austin for another answer: San Antonio. Offering visitors a vibrant art scene, tasty culinary innovations, and numerous family-friendly attractions, it … [Read more...]
How To Throw an Outdoor Pizza Party for Teens
by Trisa Katsikapes - What teen doesn't like pizza? With the always-busy schedule of young people these days, it seems all we eat is pizza! Fortunately, the teens who end up at my house don't seem to mind, especially pepperoni pizza, especially when it's made in our outdoor wood-fired oven that sits in the backyard. When my husband and I built our wood-fired pizza oven … [Read more...]
Who are Outdoor Families?
Outdoor Families Magazine is not a research based entity, however, we do work hard to break down barriers and concentrate on an overall goal to inspire families, young and old, to spend time outside together in nature. Using existing research, common themes were identified that show benefits and barriers to individuals and their families with regard to outdoor recreation. The … [Read more...]
OFM OR Gear Guide 2015 February
Kids? gear can be a bit confusing as parents wade through a seemingly endless list of ?must have? items for outdoor enjoyment. What is practical? Essential? Or, in the case of many youngsters, fashionable? For adults who must conduct the cost-benefit analysis of all this stuff, function remains a driving force behind much of the gear found at outdoor stores and on websites. … [Read more...]
My Outdoor Family: Connecting through nature
Editor note: ?My Outdoor Family? is a regular column in the Outdoor Families Magazine calendar. Written by readers who represent every facet of an outside lifestyle, these monthly opportunities seek to inspire and encourage, remind and reminisce about a personal love for and commitment to the outdoors. Not everyone is ready to tackle the summit of a mountain, just as some … [Read more...]