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Author: Ginny Yurich

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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.
117 Episodes
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 and on social media @thervatlas Purchase a copy of See You at the Campground here >> And check out the #1 Bestseller Where Should We Camp Next here >>
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 >> Purchase Being at Your Best When Your Kids are at Their Worst: Practical Compassion in Parenting here >> Don't miss our other two podcast episodes with Kim John Payne!  Episode 36 - The Undeclared War on Childhood >> Episode 67 - We Underestimate the Power of Family >>
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 >> 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 >> Grab your copy of Ready or Not here >>
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 >> Check out his new book here >>    
I finally got to meet Leah!! After years and years of being asked if I knew Leah, it actually happened and I learned what all the hype was about. Leah is as lovely as they come and she has this way of imparting just what you need to hear. She gives us courage, she promotes freedom in our households, she reminds us to be grateful for the life we have before us, and she gives loads of practical insight beyond all of that.  Leah speaks, hosts podcasts and coaching sessions, and runs workshops sharing the beauty of a Charlotte Mason approach to childhood, motherhood, and education. In this episode you'll learn how to gain confidence in your parenting approach, what the true goal of education is, how to manage life when you're overwhelmed, and why the mothers should go out to play, too! Learn more about Leah Boden at Check out the more than seventy episodes on the Modern Miss Mason Podcast. Grab your copy of Modern Miss Mason here
Our resident 1000 Hours Outside goals expert, Jon Acuff is back for a second time on our podcast to help us accomplish what we want to accomplish this coming year. The third Friday in January (1/20/23) is known as "Quitter's Day" but Jon has practical and motivating advice for making it past Quitter's Day and continuing on with our intentions. Jon Acuff is a nine-times NeW York Times Bestselling Author as well as a INC Top 100 Leadership Speaker. You want to hear what Jon has to say! He teaches what works. With an incredible ability to break down the obstacles we face and find solutions that we can implement into our every day lives, Jon helps all of us live more fully.  In this episode we talk through the traps of perfectionism and how to deal them in order to meet our goals. As Jon says, "Nothing gets awesome accidentally." Let's learn to be purposeful. Let's learn to be resilient. Let's learn how to take the momentum of a new year and use it to propel us forward. Even if we have more ideas that we can possibly get done, Jon has answers! Learn more about Jon Acuff here >> Sign up for The Guaranteed Goals Challenge that begins tomorrow, 1/10/23 here >> Order a copy of Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done here >>  
Adelaide Olguin, founder of TalkBox.Mom joins us to talk adventure, worldschooling, traveling with kids of all ages, and learning new languages in a family-centered approach!   In this episode you'll learn about a tremendous amount of things kids learn when they travel, Adelaide's budget-friendly travel secrets, how Adelaide got started traveling with her kids starting in infancy, and you'll learn all about TalkBox.Mom - a foreign language approach that gets you speaking in just seven minutes! Seriously, seven!  Your child can be participating in project management skills and academic level research at young as toddlerhood with some of the approaches to travel Adelaide uses with her own family. You'll learn a lot from this one and be inspired that fun is worth it and whenever the opportunity for adventure arises, we should take it! Learn more about TalkBox.Mom here >> Get 50% off the beautifully illustrated softcover Bilingual In Nature Book that includes 45+ nature phrases in 10 different languages and comes with native speaker audio via the TalkBox.Mom Companion mobile app. Use code OUTSIDE on the check out page to get started. This special 50% off promo is only available during the month of January. After January 2023, the coupon code will work but will change to 25% off. Check it out at >>  
Heading into a new year, behavioral scientist, organizational psychologist, and charter member of the International Positive Psychology Association Dr. Mike Rucker joins us to talk about his brand new book, The Fun Habit.  Fun is essential to the development of the human brain so Mike helps us figure out how we can intentionally insert more fun into our lives. We talk about creating the space for spontaneity, about how rote memories encode in our brain as one singular memory, about why living a tapestry of different experiences leads to a happier life, about why we're meant to get bored, about the benefits of having a memento mori and more!  This episode will help you live a better life this coming year! Learn more about Mike Rucker here >> Order your copy of The Fun Habit here >>
Of all those who are releasing podcast episodes on January 1st, this one has to be up there on the motivational scale. Alastair's book The Doorstep Mile is all about getting started. Go after your silly daydream. Make the most of your opportunities instead of looking for excuses. Leave the dishes and go climb a tree with your child. Try to magine being an old man or woman and looking back on your life. Embracing new things and exposing your own personal vulnerabilities is risky, but having an empty life is risky too. Let's be a society that applauds endeavor, that embraces the amateur.  Do this year matter? Then use it.  Alastair Humphreys is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year as well as an author, photographer, videographer, speaker, and more! This is his third time on our podcast and he says the 1000 Hours Outside community is the most cheerful audience. If you haven't listened yet, make sure you listen to episodes 43 and 84 as well!  Learn more about Alastair here >> His YouTube channel is here >>
Movement is counterculture and as daily movement becomes less required of us our physical bodies pay the price. As Katy says, "Advancements to make our lives less physically taxing, have taxed us physically." Bestselling author, speaker, and a leader in the Movement movement, biomechanist Katy Bowman, M.S. is changing the way we move and think about our need for movement. Her eight books, including the groundbreaking Move Your DNA and Movement Matters, have been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. Bowman teaches movement globally and speaks about sedentarism and movement ecology to academic and scientific audiences. Her work has been featured in diverse media such as NPR, the Today Show, CBC Radio One, the Seattle Times, and Good Housekeeping. This episode includes why myopia is increasing in children at such an alarming rate, how movement helps breast health, the differences between walking on a treadmill and overground walking, why you might consider sleeping without a pillow, several ways to make the outdoors more enticing to teens and preteens, games you can play outside while you're walking and hiking and as always, SO much more.  Katy is always a hit. She was also on episode 9 where she talked about whole-child, whole-family ways to get everyone moving more! So check out both!! You can find Katy at or on social media @nutritousmovement. She also hosts the Move Your DNA with Katy Bowman podcast with over 140 episodes!  
This one includes it all. Kim covers the three sensory systems we need to know about: proprioceptive, interoception, and vestibular. She explains why kids move in the ways that they do and what their bodies are trying to accomplish through those movements. Kim walks us through occupational services for children - what the purposes are and how therapy services can help. She talks about sensory processing disorders and how nature is such a therapeutic setting. We talk a lot in this episode about the importance of balance throughout the entirety of life and ways we can continue to work on our balance through older age. We also hit those first three years of life and the vast benefits of nature connectedness.  Nature gives a new toolbox every season. Get your notepad and pen ready for this one!! It'll be one you save and share for sure. Find more about Kim at Kim is also on instagram at (@natures.path.ot)
Kirk Martin is host of the popular Calm Parenting Podcast where he shares wisdom and practical advice on dealing with "a strong-willed child who doesn't respond to consequences, argues like an attorney, and refuses to do things your way." Kirk Martin has given over 1,00,000 parents and teachers around the world practical, life-changing strategies to stop power struggles, yelling, and defiance today. Based on work with 1,500 challenging kids (many with AD/HD, OCD, ODD, ASD, etc.) in his home, and years spent in classrooms, Kirk's approach is refreshingly practical, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny!   In this episode, we focus on normalizing anxiety (we all experience it at times!), having courage to trust your own instinct, the power of fresh air to change moods, and  watching closely the arbitrary stuff we ask of kids. There's a lot in this one... even a bonus segment at the very end (a first!) Check out Kirk's top five podcasts here >> Learn more about Kirk here >> Email Celebrate Calm directly at
This one is sooooooooooooo good. Not only will you be inspired to adventure like Glen (and maybe even send your teen on one of his trips!) but you'll be challenged to think about how much leisure, connection, and risk you are weaving into your life. We talk about the power of nature to facilitate connection and what the secret to bringing happiness is! We also talk about wandering through you life as it pertains to careers and goals. This episode will give you a lot to talk with your teens and tweens about. Finally, we cover helicopter/snowplow parenting and the concept of preparing your child for the trail, not the trail for your child. Find more information about Youth Wilderness Experiences on Instagram at @ywe_official and on their website
This episode is about finding ways to decrease those feelings of being rushed, pressured, and overburdened. Merissa A. Alink offers simple, practical solutions for decluttering, meal planning, and dealing with perfectionism so that we have more time for the people and the things that we love. She walks us through what her family does for screen time and she has a wealth of information on her website, . As we head into the New Year, Merissa's guidance will help expand your sense of time and keep it that way!
This is an episode about creating, about creativity, about the importance of being playful throughout your life, about imposter syndrome, and poetry, and family, and the types of things that make a simple life grand. Rachel Marie Kang is a New York native, born and raised just outside New York City. She is founder of The Fallow House and author of Let There Be Art: The Pleasure and Purpose of Unleashing the Creativity within You. Rachel’s writing has been featured in Christianity Today, Proverbs 31 Ministries, and (in)courage. She lives and writes in North Carolina with her husband and two children. You can find Rachel at all of the place below. ** This episode is sponsored by the Institute for Excellence in Writing, or IEW. Each year at Christmas, IEW gives twelve days of gifts that consist of products, downloads, video and audio resources, and more. On the final day, they ship a special gift right to your door! Register now to take advantage of all the gifts and help your students become confident communicators. Register at
Everything you ever wanted to know about rucking!! It's here in this episode! Learn about it's benefits for your health, your social life, your bone density, your sensory processing, and more!  Emily McCarthy, Cofounder of Go Ruck and Jaala Shaw, head of Tribe Kids join us to answer the most important questions you may have about rucking (which burns significanly more calories than walking). This is a must listen to episode because this one small change has the potential to enhance so many areas of your life. Learn more about Emily on Instagram at @emidently Learn more about Jaala at and on Instagram at @dropbydropfitness And definitely check out the Go Ruck website. They have loads of information as well as some amazing products. Find them at and on Instagram at @goruck
My heart is bursting that we've made it this far. I'm filled with gratitude for all the guests and for all the listeners.  In this episode we walk through 10 must-read books based off our top ten podcast episodes so far.  The first 100 were an absolute blast! Here's to all that is still to come. For this milestone episode, please take a moment to subscribe and to leave a review if you've never done that before. Save this book list for our brand new 1000 Hours Outside Book Club that is coming in 2023.
I've been a huge fan of Penny's for years and years and have so enjoyed all of the gorgeous, hands-on nature ideas Penny shares through her movement Mother Natured where she aims to connect kids with nature and sprinkle more nature play into childhood.  In this episode we discuss Penny's brand new book, The Muddy Chef that she co-authored with Emma Bear. We do a deep dive into mud kitchens and talk about the best age for mud kitchens (the answer will surprise you), the must-have utensils and tools for your mud kitchen, Penny's top three mud kitchen ingredients PLUS the key to getting kids to come back to the mud kitchen time and again. Beyond mud kitchens, we talk about safety and risk, how to bring nature indoors, what you should have in your Wildlife First Aid Kit (and other kids you should keep in your car), and why it is lovely to get your hands dirty. Learn more about Mother Natured here >> Check out The Muddy Chef here >> Join the Nature Printable's Club here >> 
This is the first in our 1000 Hours Outside Community series that highlights families just like yours from around the globe whose lives have been changed from their 1000 Hours Outside journey.  Amber Kuipers joins us from Ontario Canada to talk about grief literacy, an especially important topic during the holidays. She also shares her path to becoming a children’s book author (twice!), how she has overcome getting outside in the cold Canadian winters, the new children’s book she is writing with her son about their local outdoor adventures, how her family built a kick sled, and more! You can find Amber at: and you can find her cards at
Comments (5)

Amanda Aubrey

One of the best podcasts out. It has changed me and challenged me as a parent and a person. So many great interviews and questions being asked. Ginny is a great interviewee. I love her thoughtful and on point questions. She really has a pulse for what parents are looking for.

Jan 18th

Shanna Toews

I enjoyed those poems and think it's really neat that Rachel included them in her book! Showcasing lesser known poets! 😊

Jan 11th

Shanna Toews

Love this!!

Jan 11th

Amy L

great episode!!

Dec 21st

Shanna Toews

Loved this!!

May 16th
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