A family hiking a mossy trail.
Opportunities for getting your kids outdoors with activities such as hiking are nearly endless in Washington.

Link up the little ones with life outdoors

Resources for connecting your kids with nature this year

1. Hiking

2. Camping

A family prepares to make S’mores around a campfire.
A family prepares to make S’mores around a campfire.
Kids can pick up new skills in a family camping trip.

3. Fishing

Three children fish in a lake from the back of a boat.
Three children fish in a lake from the back of a boat.
Three children ranging in age from 2 to 6 try their hands at fishing at North Lake in Federal Way where they would go on to catch 10 fish. (Dana Bennett)

4. Photography

A young man takes photos in a meadow.
A young man takes photos in a meadow.
Creativity and the outdoors can come together through photography.

5. Observe, identify nature and contribute to science

A boy points to snow-capped peaks in the distance.
A boy points to snow-capped peaks in the distance.
Getting to know the natural world can also become a contribution to scientific work.

6. Garden

A child fills small terra cotta pots while adults tend to strawberry plants.
A child fills small terra cotta pots while adults tend to strawberry plants.
Cultivating your child’s green thumb comes with many benefits, not to mention putting healthy food on the table.

7. Raking for steamer clams

A WDFW employee and three children dig for steamer clams at Oakland Bay Oyster Reserves.
A WDFW employee and three children dig for steamer clams at Oakland Bay Oyster Reserves.
Get your hands dirty and harvest some delicious bivalves this year with a steamer clam dig. (WDFW)

8. Wild Washington lessons

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources.