• Outdoor Kids in an Inside World

  • Getting Your Family Out of the House and Radically Engaged with Nature
  • By: Steven Rinella
  • Narrated by: Steven Rinella
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (948 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.

©2022 Steven Rinella (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Brilliant!

Brilliant! I have 4 kids ranging from 25-1. I have raised them outdoors for all these years and found several new ideas or different ways of looking at things that I will use from this book. Such a great listen.

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Must Read for Any Parent

I’m constantly amazed by how inspiring, informative and important Steve Rinella’s writing is to the modern family. This one is prescient, interesting and a great listen. So great I plan to give this to friends and family wherever possible.

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A must read for parents

Wow. Steve captures so many rogue feelings I’ve had as a father and puts such clarity on many things. A wonderful book with wonderful narration. I’ll be purchasing a hard copy for note purposes and I’m sure listening to the chapters many times over again.

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All kids should be raised this way!!

couldn't put it down. Start to finish. Great book! I recommend it to any parent, especially parents of kids with too much screen time. We can all learn something from this book.

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Good book

Steve tells stories about his experiences as a child and raising them. Had a few helpful things for me personally. Might have more for city slickers that are out of place in a city park. Decent read though.

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Thoroughly enjoyed

A unique perspective on how to engage kids with nature. Offers ideas and perspective that challenge the cultural norm. The book finds ways to engage with kids on multiple levels. Some ideas are admittably deeper and more challenging, but most are extremely attainable ways to get kids involved with the world around them. Excellent read.

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Rinellas best book yet!!!

everyone should read or listen to this book no matter what your parenting status

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Perfect

Having an eleven year old and 1 year old boy and a little girl due any day now, this book was perfect. I love the sections on urban foraging because we can’t always get to the woods or the mountains to go fishing, camping, or hunting. Every part of this book is filled with nuggets about how to get your kids thinking about the outdoors. Rinella is a great story teller and his voice is perfect for this book. His experience as a father really comes through. Can’t recommend this book enough!

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Excellent insight from one of the best writers and outdoorsman!

Another great piece of work by Steven Rinella!
I don’t know if there is a better qualified person to write on this subject! Highly recommended!

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Great Book!

This book was a great listen. It provides great advice to parents to introduce their children into the outdoors and it does so in a way of support and as an introductory blueprint of avenues you can look into to start your families exploration of the outdoors.

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  • jon holmes
  • 06-27-22

Call of the wild

Though a fan of both the Meateater podcast, and tv show, the US centric nature of the material can be a little frustrating. Not because I expect the guys to be more globally inclusive, but because it reminds me of the draconian access laws we suffer here in the U.K.
Happily the philosophy promoted in the book is more a guideline for encouraging kids everywhere to be more aware of their natural environment, than a step by step guide to taking advantage of American land access liberalism.
Beautifully written and narrated, a thoroughly enjoyable addition to any responsible caregiver’s arsenal.

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