• 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 (252 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Amazing

Eye opening on many levels.
This book should spark the conversation of how we should think about raising our children for the future.

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Bingo

listened while on a road trip, all kids 7-17 dropped the electronics and listened without being told! enough said.

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Got kids? Know kids? Read this book

Steve does a great job sharing his experiences and practices with exposing our kids to the natural world WITHOUT being judgmental or unrealistic. He provides practical examples and ideas for the modern parent. Great read and storytelling, too.