Tiny Treks, the Original Outdoor Parent-Child Nature Program for the Preschool Set, Celebrates its 13th Anniversary

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Tiny Treks, the original parent-child outdoor nature program, celebrates 13 years of getting families outdoors and hitting the trails. Pam Worth founded Tiny Treks to foster a love of nature in children, so they may grow up appreciating the environment around them.

Tiny Treks class students test out their fishing poles

With so much exposure to media and instant access to the Internet, it is more important than ever to keep our kids engaged with their natural surroundings.

Tiny Treks, the pioneer parent-child outdoor nature program, announced today it is celebrating 13 years of unplugging this generation of children and connecting them with nature. In a world flooded with video games, mobile phones and iPads, screen-time policing has become part of the daily routine for today’s parents. Long before the No Child Left Inside Act made it trendy to get outside with your kids, Pam Worth founded Tiny Treks as a means of drawing families outdoors and getting them in touch with their natural environment.

“I started Tiny Treks to remind parents that there are invaluable experiences waiting to happen just outside their front steps -- that kids will actually prefer exploring nature over watching television or playing video games, once given the chance to discover the outdoors,” says Worth, a parent educator, speaker and teacher with over 27 years of experience in the child development field. Over a decade before President Obama declared June, 2010 Great Outdoors Month, to “renew our enduring commitment to protect our natural landscapes, to enjoy them and to promote active lifestyles for ourselves and our children,” Pam Worth and her Tiny Treks teachers were hitting the trails with parents and kids in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Chicago.

Worth adds that Tiny Treks is also a great way for families new to the area to quickly get familiar with the trails and parks in their midst. And parents have welcomed the program with open arms, often signing up as an alternative to preschool. Similarly, parents who have chosen the homeschool route are participating as a way to include nature study in their curriculums. Bay Area mother of three, Tricia Jennings, says, “Tiny Treks has sparked a family-wide interest in learning the names of the birds, trees, and flowers in our beautiful area. Even I can identify many by name now.” Her eldest daughter’s fondest memories of Tiny Treks include finding a Banana Slug in the woods, learning how to suck honey from a honeysuckle blossom, and identifying a California buckeye tree.

Tiny Treks is doing its part to reduce the nature deficit occurring in children today. "With so much exposure to media and instant access to the Internet, it is more important than ever to keep our kids engaged with their natural surroundings," says Worth. The program is thriving and continues to introduce parents and their children to outdoor activities including short hikes, local farm visits, kite-flying, creek-splashing and bird-watching. The program incorporates music, art, and games as well, keeping even the youngest children stimulated. Adds Worth, “After 13 years, I still love seeing the thrill children get as they discover something in nature for the first time. I’m excited to be a part of that experience.”

About Tiny Treks
Tiny Treks, founded in 1997 by Pamela Worth, M.A., is the pioneer outdoor mommy-and-me program for families yearning to teach their children about the world through exploration of their natural surroundings. Through innovative hands-on self-esteem-building experiences, the program encourages outdoor family time with the goal of fostering a love of nature in children.Tiny Treks has locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Chicago. The program offers semester registration, as well as camps, and has flexible make-up and sibling policies. Find Tiny Treks on Facebook or visit The Company's web site at http://www.tinytreks.com.

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