Outdoor Kids in an Inside World: Getting Your Family Out of the House and Radically Engaged with Nature by Rinella, Steven
Steven Rinella

Outdoor Kids in an Inside World: Getting Your Family Out of the House and Radically Engaged with Nature -- Steven Rinella

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The "imperative call to action" (Nick Offerman) for parenting tough, curious, and competent kids who feel at home in the outdoors, from the New York Times bestselling author and host of the TV series and podcast MeatEater

"A revelation for families struggling to get kids to GO OUTSIDE, or to just stop using the darn smartphone."--Michaeleen Doucleff, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Hunt, Gather, Parent

In the era of screens and devices, the average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors, and children are no exception. Not only does this phenomenon have consequences for kids' physical and mental health, it jeopardizes their ability to understand and engage with anything beyond the built environment.

Thankfully, with the right mind-set, families can find beauty, meaning, and connection in a life lived outdoors. Here, outdoors expert Steven Rinella shares the parenting wisdom he has garnered as a father whose family has lived amid the biggest cities and wildest corners of America. Throughout, he offers practical advice for getting kids radically engaged with nature in a muddy, thrilling, hands-on way, with the ultimate goal of helping them see their own place within the natural ecosystem. No matter their location--rural, suburban, or urban--caregivers and kids will bond over activities such as:
- Camping to conquer fears, build tolerance for dirt and discomfort, and savor the timeless pleasure of swapping stories around a campfire.
- Growing a vegetable garden to develop a capacity to nurture and an appreciation for hard work.
- Fishing local lakes and rivers to learn the value of patience while grappling with the possibility of failure.
- Hunting for sustainably managed wild game to face the realities of life, death, and what it really takes to obtain our food.

Living an outdoor lifestyle fosters in kids an insatiable curiosity about the world around them, confidence and self-sufficiency, and, most important, a lifelong sense of stewardship of the natural world. This book helps families connect with nature--and one another--as a joyful part of everyday life.

Author: Steven Rinella
Publisher: Random House
Published: 05/03/2022
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.80lbs
Size: 8.51h x 5.84w x 0.95d
ISBN: 9780593129661

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 02/21/2022
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2022
Library Journal 05/01/2022 pg. 106

About the Author
Steven Rinella is an outdoorsman, writer, wild foods enthusiast, and television and podcast personality who is a passionate advocate for conservation and the protection of public lands. The host of the television show and podcast MeatEater, his most recent book is the New York Times bestseller The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival. His writing has appeared in many publications, including Outside, Field & Stream, and The New Yorker. Rinella lives in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife and their three kids.