Hike it Baby gets parents, babies outdoors 

Studies show the benefits of outdoor recreation to physical and mental well-being begin as early as infancy, meaning it's never too early to get kids involved in enjoying the great outdoors.

To that end, the nonprofit Hike it Baby wants to "connect families with babies and young children to the outdoors and with each other," according to Sarah DiPasquale of the Colorado Springs chapter. According to DiPasquale, the organization welcomes all families from all backgrounds to join. With more than 300 branches in the U.S. and other countries, the organization was started in 2013 by then new mom Shanti Hodges, who wanted to get outside and avoid postpartum depression.
click to enlarge SARAH DIPASQUALE
  • Sarah DiPasquale
The Colorado Springs chapter holds numerous events and hikes for members to participate in, and anyone who takes care of children — moms, dads, siblings, grandparents, uncles and aunts, cousins, babysitters, caregivers and nannies — are welcome to join.

The hikes and events are geared towards kids aged from newborns to toddlers, and groups can have up to around 10 members; small enough to allow everyone on the hike to connect with each other. With the emphasis of each hike being geared more towards time spent outdoors as opposed to the distance covered, members get to know each other and compare notes on the trials, tribulations and joys of life with small children.

Hike it Baby memberships start at $10 per year, but prospective members can sign up for a 90 day free trial. Membership is good at all chapters.

Happy Trails!

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 26 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: info@hikingbob.com.


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