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LEAVE NO TRACE: Leave No Trace is a great resource for novice and experienced adventurers to learn about outdoor etiquette and backcountry ethics.
Take the pledge: maintains a huge library of hiking itineraries. Search by location. While a paid subscription is required to see detailed information, the free service usually plenty sufficient to find a great trail.

Outdoor Gear Lab – have you ever wanted to buy an outdoor product and been stumped about which product is best? Outdoor Gear Lab provides trustworthy reviews and side-by-side comparisons of latest high-quality outdoor gear. Reviews are not sponsored by manufacturers.

US Topo Maps – free topographic maps covering nearly entire US. Maps include most of the feature classes of traditional topographic maps. A great tool for anyone planning a longer hike or backpacking trip in the wilderness. Topo maps can be downloaded free of charge at:

Rugged Resource Lab. Patagonia's checklists and gear guides. The gear cleaning guide is very useful especially for mildew in tents:

For decades the National Wildlife Federation has worked to connect children and youth with nature, inspiring children through Ranger Rick® magazine, working with educators to get kids learning outdoors, and helping parents find new ways to engage their children outside.

National Audubon. Watching birds in your backyard! Go on a hike and look at the birds: and information about going birding:

It’s a challenge for parents to keep their children entertained over the long summer break. To reduce the times you hear, “I’m bored,” you need to plan ahead. Check out these 60 outdoor activities and choose the ones that will keep your children smiling all summer long:

8 Kid-Friendly Hikes Just 90 Minutes (or Less) From Seattle.

From a fun island hike to flat trails through gorgeous gardens, try these terrific hikes for families:

10 Fun Ideas for Your Backyard Campout

Awesome camping fun for Seattle-area families — without leaving home: