The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast
The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast
About The 1000 Hours Outside Podcast
Childhood is finite at just shy of 9.5 million minutes. We only get one shot at it. One of the biggest decisions we make is how we will use that time. Research has confirmed time and time again that what children are naturally and unabashedly drawn to, unrestricted outside play, contributes extensively to every area of childhood development. The importance here cannot be understated. Every year we aim to match nature time with the average amount of American kid screen time (which is currently 1200 hours per year). Have a goal. Track your time outside. Take back childhood. Inspire others.
New for 2023!! I'll be speaking at eight conferences this year and when I can I'll be highlighting outdoor adventures in the states I'll be speaking at. First up is the Indiana Association of Home Educators Conference at Chapel Rock Christian Church in Indianapolis on March 24th and 25th. Click here to register >> https://iahe.net/product/2023-parenting-and-homeschool-conference-registration/ The IAHE Parenting and Homeschool Conference is your big chance to connect with other homeschoolers. You aren’t on this journey alone. Come learn, grow, and connect. Hear from homeschool experts, shop in the exhibit hall, and get your questions answered. This is an excellent opportunity for continuing education. Gain insight and tips to help you be the best parent and teacher you can be. I'm hoping we get to meet there! In this episode the Publications Director of IAHE, Amy Sager joins us to talk about the immense variety of outdoor recreation opportunities at some of the state parks in Indiana. She even mentions an outdoor photography workshop opportunity! Learn more here >> https://www.lenspiration.com/workshop/mccormicks-creek-state-park-in/ You'll get lots of ideas for if you live in Indiana or are traveling to (or through) Indiana. It will also inspire you to dive into your own state parks and find out what they have to offer! Learn more about the Indiana State Park Challenges here >> https://www.in.gov/dnr/state-parks/programs/fitness/
Digital Mindfulness Expert, author, speaker, and podcast host Christina Crook joins us to talk about filling our lives with the things that bring us the most joy. Christina reveals how key shifts in our thinking can help us to prioritize joy and draw closer to one another. Through her writing, podcast, and facilitation of The JOMO Method™—her signature program —she helps people hone in on the relationships and work that matter most to them. In this episode we discuss what elements are needed to experience joy, how to tackle the technology question with our kids, why we want uncomfortable and inconvienient experiences in our lives, and more! There are good burdens, burdens we want to hold onto because they provide lasting value. Learn more about Christina, her books, her podcast and more here >> https://www.christinacrook.com/
Learn more about this fabulous opportunity to be part of the Nature Pen Pal Exchange!! It's a way to learn about the natural environments in other areas as well as foster new relationships. Jennifer Wilmoth is the founder of Nature Pen Pal Exchange. In this episode she walks us through how to join in as well as how to start a nature club of your own. She also talks about wholeschooling, large family life (8 kids and 6 grandkids), homesteading, and how she juggles it all! Find information on The Nature Pen Pal Exchange here >> https://naturepenpalexchange.com Learn more about wholeschooling and homesteading here >> https://www.wilmothwellness.com/ Check out Jennifer's Wellness services here >> https://www.wilmothwellness.com/ You can also find Jen on Instagram at: @naturepenpalexchange @jenniferlwilmoth @wilmothwellness
Applied epigeneticist Simone Nofel joins us for another community episode! Simone walks us through the ins and outs of worldschooling (and roadschooling) with a toddler, starting a business, and self-publishing an entire kids book series all about natural elements! Simone is passionate about whole family holistic wellness and how nature can be used in our healing. Check out Simone on Instagram at: @heartyandfree and @way.of.the.wildling Learn more about Hearty and Free here >> https://heartyandfree.com/home And check out Simone's book series here >> https://amzn.to/3ZeDlST They're beautiful books!
The mental health epidemic began in 2012 and our children are suffering. Thomas Kersting joins us to talk about the components that are necessary for a healthy childhood. He offers encouraging and straightforward advice about what we need to take away and what we need to add back in so that our children can thrive. Kersting looks back on his simple childhood and describes it as "phenomenal." How will our kids describe their childhoods? Play is down 75%. Many of our kids are not living in the real world, they're living in a virtual one. How will our kids survive, problem solve, and thrive in the real world if they've not spent much time there? There are so many ways we can help our children and the answers may be simpler than you think! Learn more about Thomas Kersting here >> https://www.tomkersting.com/ Order your copy of Raising Healthy Teenagers here >> https://amzn.to/3SqhF3V
A public speaker, host of The Homestead Education Podcast, and creator of the Homestead Science curriculum Kody Hanner joins us to talk about self-sufficiency and about how giving our kids ownership in their responsibility to the future builds the character in them that so many of us are seeking out. We also talk about eating clean, farmers markets, homeschooling, personal growth, homestead ideas for urban settings and more! Learn more about Kody here >> www.kodyhanner.com Find Kody on Instagram @homestead_education
Dr. Devorah Heitner is the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World. She has fabulous insights into what it is like for kids growing up in a digital age and how that affects everything from time management, to relationships, to self-esteem, and more! Devorah gives practical ideas that any parent can use - even if you don't have a degree in social media platforms :). It's important to understand how our child's world is different from the one we knew growing up in order to help them navigate through. Our world is changing so rapidly that the challenges our kids face might even look different from oldest sibling to youngest sibling! Learn more about Devorah here >> https://devorahheitner.com/ Check out Screenwise here >> https://amzn.to/3Igseld
We're thrilled to bring you another 1000 Hours Outside Podcast Community Episode! Dr. Jenny Bond is a Professor of Exercise Science at Wingate University School of Sport Sciences and she talks us through the challenges of her 1000 Hours Outside journey that include limited time as well as dealing with physical issues such as pelvic floor dysfunction. She also talks about ways she is helping college students increase their amount of time outside. As a busy working mother, Jenny gives many practical ways to relentlessly defend the type of family you want to have. She is energetic and inspiring!
I had the absolute honor of meeting an talking with Dylan Minter, a senior trip guide of the Grand Canyon University Outdoor Recreation program. We got to record this episode in person (a first time experience for me!) in the beautiful podcast recording studios on campus at GCU. I was so impressed by the culture of the students at GCU who were hardly on their phones but rather engaged with each other and their surroundings. The Outdoor Recreation program runs over 100 guided trips each year that students can join in at budget-friendly prices and they offer on-campus activities as well... not to mention their incredible outdoor equipment rental program. I personally got a lot of this conversation. Even as busy college students, the trips that the Outdoor Recreation program runs fill up often in just minutes. This is a reminder that no matter your stage of life, no matter how busy you are, it is worth it to try and find a change of pace and a change of place at least a few times a year. You'll also get some travel ideas out of this episode as well as some ideas to implement with your nature group! If you're interested in learning more about the GCU Outdoor Recreation program check them out on Instagram @gcuoutdoorrec
Jessica Smartt, author of Let Them Be Kids: Adventure, Boredom, Innocence, and Other Gifts Children Need as well as Memory-Making Mom: Building Traditions That Breathe Life Into Your Home joins us to talk about the costs involved with preserving childhood. Leaving space in your life for boredom, monitoring screen usage, allowing for moments of failure, and intentionally adding adventure to your days isn't easy - but it is worth it on many levels. Just because it feels hard doesn't mean you're doing it wrong. Jessica will encourage you and give you practical ideas as you seek to find balance in your home and to value imagination and creativity. Learn more about Jessica here >> http://smarttereachday.com/ and at @jessica.smartt on Instagram Purchase your copy of Let Them Be Kids here >> https://amzn.to/3S1cUgO
I LOVE Susie Spikol and I love her book The Animal Adventurers Guide. Susie opens our hearts to what is amazing, magical, enchanting, charming, and incredible about the everyday. She gently reminds us that we often overlook the wonder of the local animals around us and she teaches us how to re-look at the outdoors through beginner eyes. Susie's book reminded me that even when our adventures don't seem all that adventurous, they can still be touchstone's in our family stories. As a naturalist, writer, and lifespan environmental educator for over 30 years, Susie knows the tried-and-true nature activities that kids and families love! This episode is all about the practical because the majority of our 1000 Hours Outside journeys will be spent close to home and with Susie's reminders we can fall in love with the world that is right around us. Learn more about Susie Spikol here >> https://susiespikol.com/ Purchase your copy of The Animal Adventurers Guide here >> https://amzn.to/3lAZ4pv
Combine the power of reading with the power of nature! In this 1000 Hours Outside Community Episode, Lori and Kelly walk us through how they started outdoor programming at their local libraries and all of the benefits they've seen from their implementations. They cover many other topics as well. Lori talks about being a 1000 Hours Outside grandma and Kelly talks about their transition to homeschooling during the pandemic. Kelly also runs The Detroit Butterfly Nursery and is a citizen scientist about all things pollinators. You can learn more about Lori and what she is heading up at the Monroe County Library Ellis Branch in Michigan here >> https://mymcls.evanced.info/signup/calendar?et=20&nomobile=1 . Look for the "Literacy on the Lawn" events. You can learn more about Kelly on Instagram at: @momcatkelly @detroitbutterflynursery You can find the monthly outdoor programming she is heading up at the Gross Pointe Public Library on Instagram at @thegppl .
This is our first ever 1000 Hours Outside Book Club!!! Alastair and a bunch of you joined us for a 45-minute, live-stream discussion about two of Alastair's phenomenal books. We discussed Microadventures and The Doorstep Mile. This episode includes your questions, your comments, and a piece of information that Alastair has never shared in public before! This was SO fun! You're going to love this one. Find the book club questions for Alastair's books here Learn more about Alastair Humphreys here Order your copy of Microadventures here Order your copy of The Doorstep Mile here Listen to three other podcast episodes with Alastair. They will all stir you on to adding just a little bit more adventure to your life. Episode 43: Microadventures - Because Even Small Adventures are Better Than None at All Episode 84: If it Feels Like an Adventure to You, it 'is' an Adventure Episode 108: Does This Year Matter? Then Use it. Join in for our February Book Club! Check out all the remaining book club books for 2023 here.
I have learned a tremendous amount about movement and learning and the way our brains work from Dr. Carla Hannaford. The first time she was on our podcast (Episode 29) we talked about her life-changing book Smart Moves: Why Learning is not All in Your Head. In this episode we talk about another of her life-changing books called The Dominance Factor: How Knowing Your Dominant Eye, Ear, Brain, Hand & Foot Can Improve Your Learning. This book and our conversation in this episode are filled with important pieces of information for parents and for teachers that I'd NEVER heard of before. We need to know our dominances beyond which hand we write with because our dominances affect every aspect of our learning and many aspects of our relationships. This will help your marriage, it will help your parenting, it will help your kids with their school work, it will help in your work place. Going through life without this information from Dr. Hannaford is a big disadvantage. Your set of specific dominances gives you a dominance profile. There are 32 total. Our current educational system favors one of the 32 that accounts for just 15% of learners. If you have a child struggling with school, this is a must-listen to episode. Learn your dominance profile. Learn why it matters. Learn why 75-80% of half your brain shuts down under stress or when learning new things. Learn how you can enhance your brain function over the course of your life. Learn why getting out in nature and unstructured play are a must during childhood and during adulthood. And SO much more!! Dr. Hannaford's books are important reads for anyone who works with children. Check out The Dominance Factor here >> https://amzn.to/3x1viwt Check out Smart Moves here >> https://amzn.to/3X0OaWY Learn more about Dr. Carla Hannaford here >> https://www.carlahannaford.com/
This is beautiful episode with Jillian Hankins from Jillian Margaret Wellness where we talk about embracing the simple riches of the season in order to slow down, enhance your life, be more present, lessen anxiety, and strengthen family life. Jillian has always been endlessly fascinated with the richness of the seasons. We talk about how nature is amazingly both exciting and calming - all at the same time. When we embrace the simple power of nature's rhythms it can help us quiet of anxious and overthinking minds. Jillian has created beautiful seasonal family guides and you can find those (as well as so much more) at https://www.jillianmargaretwellness.com/ . Her guides are simply and beautifully laid out and help you avoid inspiration overload. The more you fill your seasons with the things you love, the less time there is to grumble about all the particular things you don't like about that season.
Calling all camping enthusiasts and all hopeful camping enthusiasts! The cohost of The RV Atlas podcast as well as the coauthor of several books Jeremy Puglisi joins us to get your family ready for the upcoming camping season! One of the questions we get asked most often at 1000 Hours Outside is about camping. So many ask how to get started and then others ask about specific gear, meals, tips, tricks, and more! Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi's book See You at the Campground: A Guide to Discovering Community, Connection, and a Happier Family in the Great Outdoors covers it all and it includes inspiration to connect with your kids and grandkids as much as possible. The Puglisis are also the authors of the #1 bestseller Where Should We Camp Next? Listen in for some great ideas and share with other families who are interested in learning more about camping! Learn more about the Puglisis at thervatlas.com and on social media @thervatlas Purchase a copy of See You at the Campground here >> https://amzn.to/3wLjwGg And check out the #1 Bestseller Where Should We Camp Next here >> https://amzn.to/3WVUqPw
Kim John Payne says "How we handle the storms and struggles is what will ultimately define us in the eyes of our kids." And since difficulties can blow up quickly with kids having tried-and-true strategies that can calm down heated situations can make a huge impact on our family life both now and in the future. This is the third time Kim has joined us on the podcast. He is always relatable, practical, and compassionate. You walk away from listening to him with more than you can imagine. In this episode you'll learn how and why to model self-control, how to break the cycle of frustration, how to recall the golden moments of your days and more. Learn more about Kim John Payne and his Simplicity Parenting movement here >> https://www.simplicityparenting.com/ Purchase Being at Your Best When Your Kids are at Their Worst: Practical Compassion in Parenting here >> https://amzn.to/3wY8BcF Don't miss our other two podcast episodes with Kim John Payne! Episode 36 - The Undeclared War on Childhood >> https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-1000-hours-outside-podcast/id1448210728?i=1000551379827 Episode 67 - We Underestimate the Power of Family >> https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-1000-hours-outside-podcast/id1448210728?i=1000575715229
Chief Operating Officer, Maria Bridge from the Center for Humane Technology joins us to talk about the fascinating field of technology ethics and what we can do about the negative effects of technology, many of which are preventable. Maria walks us through the walks in which certain platforms attempt to manipulate our behavior, what we can do about those attempts, and things to be aware of as we move forward into new technologies. There's lots to learn in this one that will help us guide ourselves and our children in a world that at times may start to feel like an invisible prison. The Center for Humane Technology has incredible resources to help us navigate these changing times. Learn more about the Center for Humane Technology here >> https://www.humanetech.com/ Check out their Your Undivided Attention Podcast that has sixty episodes and over 15 million downloads. Watch The Social Dilemma Documentary that has already reached an estimated 100 million people since its debut in September 2020 and is streaming in 190 countries in 30 languages.
I was on the edge of my seat while I read her book, I was on the edge of my seat during this conversation, and I was on the edge of my seat while I edited it. You're going to love this one and you may even listen to it twice! If it's a favorite of yours, like it's a favorite of mine, share it with friends and family and make sure to subscribe and leave a review. In this week's episode of the podcast, I had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Madeline Levine, a renowned psychologist and expert on child development with 40 years experience. One of the main themes of the conversation was the importance of understanding our failures in order to discover our strengths. Dr. Levine noted that often times, we learn the most from our mistakes and that they can serve as valuable learning experiences. She calls it trial-and-error learning instead of failure. Another key point that was discussed was the idea that most people do not have a straight path to success. Dr. Levine emphasized the importance of recognizing that life is a series of small challenges, and if we can meet them, we go on to bigger and bigger challenges. Additionally, Dr. Levine highlighted the damaging effects of being an over-involved parent and the importance of allowing our children to experience unhappiness. She also discussed the lack of management skills among today's youth, specifically in areas such as risk management and conflict management. Dr. Levine also urged listeners to think long and hard about what's going to matter in the long run, and emphasized the link between optimism and healthy mental health outcomes. She even talked about preparing ourselves for when our kids leave the nest. Overall, this is a thought-provoking and enlightening conversation with Dr. Levine, and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did! Learn more about Dr. Madeline Levine here >> www.madelinelevine.com Grab your copy of Ready or Not here >> https://amzn.to/3WNfJ69
I had the immense privilege of interviewing Andy Crouch for a second time! Amongst many, many accomplishments Andy is the author of the new book "The Life We're Looking For: Reclaiming Relationship in a Technological World." In this episode we discussed the promises and consequences of innovation, and how technology has the power to shape our relationships and interactions with one another. Crouch shared his insight on how for the most valuable things in life, there are no digital substitutes. He also touched on the idea that technology gives us simulations of recognition that ultimately aren’t satisfying. Crouch emphasized that so much is at stake in the way we handle technology, and how it is important for us to understand the role of machines and their need for machine-like environments to operate autonomously. He also challenged us to consider doing something harder and better, rather than just relying on technology to make our lives easier. Overall, the interview provided a thought-provoking perspective on the impact of technology on our relationships and the way we live our lives. After listening to this one, you'll be motivated to be a "three-plane person." :) Crouch’s book offers valuable insights and practical steps for reclaiming relationships in a technological world. I highly recommend checking it out! Learn more about Andy Crouch here >> https://andy-crouch.com/ Check out his new book here >> https://amzn.to/3H6JiL7
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