How to Stay Visible at Night

For most of their lives, my children grew up in a rural environment. This meant that most of our home-based outdoor adventures occurred in our backyard or the shared woodland behind our home. When the days grew short in the months of November-February, this often meant we were going out to play in the snow … Read more

Waterfalls in Western NC With Kids

A few adults and kids play by a waterfall

Nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of Western North Carolina, a world of wonder awaits families seeking outdoor adventures. With its lush forests, winding trails, and an abundance of cascading waterfalls, this region of the country provides the perfect playground for kids to connect with nature. Even though I’m relatively new to the area, I’ve spent … Read more

Leggings for Hiking in Cold Weather

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The beauty of winter hiking is that it doesn’t require much gear to get out the door, unlike most other winter activities. But when you’re venturing out in the cold, it’s important to wear clothing that will keep you warm and dry. This post outlines our favorite leggings for hiking in cold weather. Layering up … Read more

Best Camping Gear for Families

It's a campsite with three kids sitting around, there's a bright orange REI Co-op tent in the background and a cooler

Best Camping Gear for Families Camping with kids can be a fun adventure for the whole family. The fresh air, scenic views, and opportunities for outdoor exploration can make for an unforgettable experience. We know the importance of getting kids outside, and conveniently, when you are camping, kids are out all day (and night!) My … Read more

Nature School: Why You Should Consider It

A group of preschoolers gather around to listen to a story at a nature-based preschool co-op. They are wearing backpacks and are outdoors in sunny weather.

Nature School: Why You Should Consider It Here at Tales of a Mountain Mama, we know the importance of getting kids outside on a regular basis. There are so many benefits to outdoor play: kids get sunlight at key hours of the day which aids in mood regulation and sleep cycles; being outdoors encourages more … Read more

Winter Camping Food

Winter Camping Food: Family Meals for Cold Weather Camping Prepping meals for winter camping with kids can take a little more effort than those in the summer, since hot and nourishing food is even more important when you are outdoors in cold weather than in hot. In the summer, we focus on hydrating, cool foods … Read more