photography by Jason Quigley

With its mission to raise a generation of nature lovers, this nonprofit started in July 2013 in Portland. Founder Shanti Hodges began with a few families—today there are more than 300 branches around the country encouraging families to get outside.

Daphne Silva before a Hike It Baby excursion at the Upper McCord Creek trail in the Columbia River Gorge.
Marci Ganes and Beth Silva chat before a Hike It Baby excursion at the Upper McCord Creek trail in the Columbia River Gorge.
Hikers prepare for a Hike It Baby excursion at the Upper McCord Creek trail in the Columbia River Gorge.
Hike It Baby founder Shanti Hodges and her son Mason pose before a group excursion at the Upper McCord Creek trail in the Columbia River Gorge.
Hikers navigating switchbacks during a Hike It Baby excursion at the Upper McCord Creek trail in the Columbia River Gorge.
Kim Ives, with her two children attached, steps over an old pipe during a Hike It Baby excursion at the Upper McCord Creek trail in the Columbia River Gorge.
Jessi Cox and her son duck under a fallen tree during a Hike It Baby excursion at the Upper McCord Creek trail in the Columbia River Gorge.
Brittney Weaver and her son on a Hike It Baby excursion at the Upper McCord Creek trail in the Columbia River Gorge.
Marci Ganes and her two children take a snack break during a Hike It Baby excursion at the Upper McCord Creek trail in the Columbia River Gorge.
A Hike It Baby excursion at the Upper McCord Creek trail in the Columbia River Gorge.
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