START WITH BSKO
It's not complicated to get outside with your kids. But BSKO does offer parents some important help. First, we offer
a regular date, time and place to get outside. Second, we find it's fun to hike with other kids and parents. Finally,
we offer some structure and guidelines on safety and planning to reduce worries. Ultimately each parent needs to
decide how best to get their children into nature safely. But starting with BSKO reduces stress and let's you focus
on enjoyment once you get to the woods. Some of our resources are:
1. Hiking with Kids
2. Winter Clothing Recommendations
3. Hiking/Camping checklist
4. Our favorite spots list some local hikes we like
5. Learn about Poison Ivy and Ticks
CDC on Lyme Poison Ivy.org
Our thoughts on avoiding poison ivy and ticks
BUILD "NATURE TIME" INTO YOUR WEEK
How much "nature time" do our kids get? We manage to find time for soccer, TV, karate, music and swimming. But
where does the outdoors fit into our priorities? Do our schedule reflect nature as a priority? The National Wildlife
Federation suggests a "Green Hour" every day with unstructured outdoor play for kids. Consider a walk after dinner
in a nearby park as an evening ritual. Or join us on a weekly basis for a great hike. Try it for a month and notice
how your kids respond!
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR RICH NATURE RESOURCES
BSKO focuses on getting kids directly in contact with nature through short, local hikes. But New England has a
wide array of opportunities to get outdoors. Some of our favorites are:
Mass Audubon Society - a wide range of destinations, often with great onsite nature programs. Check out their
summer camps and afternoon programs, too.
Appalachian Mountain Club - offers more challenging trips oriented toward teen plus children. Their huts and lodges
offer great family programs. They also offer wonderful training programs. Lonesome Lake Hut is our favorite!
New England Wildflower Society - The Garden in the Woods is a great spot for kids. The Society offers classes
and training events, too.
Sudbury Valley Land Trust - has many sites along the Sudbury and Assabet rivers from Westbury to Lowell.
Trustees of the Reservations - has great natural sites around around Massachusetts for a small annual membership
State Parks - Massachusetts has great State Parks from Cape Cod to Mt. Greylock.
Rhode Island Familes in Nature - has been an inspiration to BSKO. They offer great family hikes, too. Visit their
website for more details.
Other favorites? Send us your suggestions at our email address email@example.com.
Bay State Kids Outdoors