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“In an age when the pressures are all against kids spending time outdoors, it takes a determined and resourceful writer to go against this tide. Peter Brown Hoffmeister is one such writer and this book deserves to be read very widely.”
—Tristan Gooley, author of The Natural Navigator

"In an age where humans desperately need to get out in nature again, Hoffmeister's practical guidance is a bridge to get us over the gap of our fears and not-knowing. They say 'the knowing is in the doing' - Hoffmeister clearly has the knowing, and his sharing of it will help you into your own doing."
—Evan McGown, co-author of Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature

"This book is a how-to, a call to action and a lot of fun...Hoffmeister will make you a believer."
—The Register Guard

 

About the Author

Peter Brown Hoffmeister is the co-founder and director of South Eugene High School's Integrated Outdoor Program, and a writer whose work has appeared in the Huffington Post and elsewhere. He lives in Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399161082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399161087
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Love this book for getting kids & families outdoors! Peter Brown Hoffmeister fills this book with great ideas: helping us get past any nature fears, sharing many creative ideas and ways to get outdoors with kids, giving camping/backpacking equipment advice (thankfully, he says "less is more!"), providing tips on leading nature outings with kids, sharing priceless safety advice, sprinkling in tons of tips for having fun, and much more. If you have read Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv and want specific ideas on getting outdoors with children, if you've stumbled upon this in a search to connect your children or other kids with nature, or even if you're a hardcore outdoors expert looking to share your love of nature with children, this book is for you! I couldn't put it down and can't say enough! :)
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A wonderful and inspirational guide to getting our children and grandchildren and, heck, ourselves, outdoors to engage with nature! Hoffmeister defines the outdoors extremely broadly-- knowing that many of us live far from the wild. He finds it in the backyard, the windowsill, city parks, and the wilderness itself. He encourages, cajoles and urges all of us to turn off the electronics, leave our watches in the drawers, and open our eyes and ears and noses to the amazing things that surround us naturally. It's a well-written, enjoyable book with lots of personal examples involving his family and students. I bought 4 copies immediately as gifts and then wandered outside to enjoy that which had become invisible. Thanks.
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I have worked professionally in the outdoor industry for 17 years. I have worked with over 1200 young people in the outdoors. Everything from short day hikes to multi-day technical climbs. I also have three daughters of my own. I feel as though I am very qualified to say; This is plain and simple - an amazing book. With over 200 "outdoor" books on my shelf, this one gets the top for great reading and great info. Thank you Mr. Hoffmeister for being real. You are a breath of fresh air. Sure hope to see more fun reads like this from you.
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An enjoyable, educational, and inspirational read. I found it to be somewhat random and found the jumps from idea to idea to be occasionally choppy and seemingly out of place. On the whole, I want to go outside more, I want to take my family outside more, and I think that alone would make the author happy. It has several chapters geared towards educating and outdoor pursuits in larger groups, which I didn't find particularly helpful (at least not in this stage of my life). I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had an overarching storyline to follow while making the points he makes along the way (like Born to Run accomplished). I finished it in about 4 days though, so I clearly found it engaging. Maybe that's because I sit behind a desk in the heart of Los Angeles wanting so badly to escape this claustrophobia inducing urban jungle, and this book's stories allowed me a small element of that escape. Now on to planning my next outdoor adventure!
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By Mem on November 2, 2015
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Very cute and encouraging book to get your kids outdoors! After reading this book I felt very inspired to just get OUT THERE with my son. It's never too early to instill that love in them, even if it's just taking a walk.
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This book was purchased as a gift for a Troop Scoutmaster as a thank you for going "above and beyond" at an outdoor activity. The author supports the research that ADHD children benefit greatly by being outdoors and that, generally, they actually are calmed by the experiences. Yet this is NOT a book about ADHD.

As I read the first few chapters, I was extremely pleased with the information given regarding how much outdoor leaders are needed. Statistics are presented regarding the extensive use of electronics by today's children. The premise is to demonstrate how these same children sorely need to be outdoors being active instead of spending so much of their day using electronic devices to placate them. Whatever the reasons parents gave for allowing youngsters access to these "toys", the reason I found most enticing, was that the parents themselves no longer were comfortable being outdoors!

The author gives examples of many fun, interesting and inexpensive activities for families to enjoy the outdoors. I didn't read the entire book, but rather skipped around. I intend to purchase a copy for myself because it seems to be a valuable resource for parents as well as adults who work with youth.
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I am in the midst of reading this book and am thoroughly enjoying it. I just like this writer's attitude and the premise (nature with kids is doable) is something I am really interested in. He gives great, realistic tips. I am glad I bought it.
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By Sibbie on January 14, 2014
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I read about this in Parents magazine (Grandmothers have to get this mag to keep current with our grandchildren!!) and ordered the book. I find it a real hoot and so true. We have to let the kid experience the outdoors. I feel for the city kids that have no where to go and parents that don't participate it. How sad!!
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