We are a Community.

What does that mean? Our family values quality time together, and we enjoy spending time outside. We noticed that it’s also fun to do this with others, so we started inviting them to join us on our adventures. We think everyone can benefit from time with others and from being outside, even if it’s in our own backyards.

The initial idea for this community started when a single gal wanted to take families camping in 2012 and had lots of help from a team of volunteers! Now, she gets to run North Texas Kids Outside (NTKO) with her family. Learn more about the family behind NTKO (coming soon).

In winter of 2016, we became a group of Families in Nature (FIN), a non-profit organization in Austin, Texas directed by Heather Kuhlken. Heather created and led FIN as her own family nature community 10 years ago and in 2014 turned that extremely successful & still growing group into a federally registered 501(c)3 organization!

We want to get quality time back on your calendar!

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Members of two North Texas Kids Outside families walk during the guided tour of
Penn Farm in April 2013.

Sometimes we visit a local park, nature center, or museum. Other times we go swimming, hiking, or kayaking. We also host events geared towards teaching outdoor skills, like dutch oven cooking, how to start a fire, and navigation with a compass. Each year we go camping, at least 4 times, with s’mores of course!

You don’t need any kind of experience to join us. All you need is curiosity and willingness to spend time with others. We’ll plan the rest and you can just show up!

You don’t need to have a family to join us, either! Want to hang out with others and get some sunshine, try a new skill, or eat a good meal outside? We are your people and we’d love to meet you!

Our  events:

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Our family’s favorite meal outdoors

We try to plan events that are free or have a very low-cost. We don’t want cost to be a barrier to getting outside. Texas is primarily private land, so sometimes there’s an entrance fee. Other times, we may ask you to contribute a couple dollars for materials we’ll use at the event (e.g., plaster to make animals tracks, paint to do fish prints, or ingredients for dutch oven cooking).

Camping trips only cost $25 per site (up to 6 people) through our community partnership with Texas Outdoor Family. This price is only available to members of North Texas Kids Outside. Check the TOF site for public pricing.

You decide what events you want to join and all costs will be made available to you on the event calendar descriptions before you RSVP.

You can browse our Facebook page for images of events we’ve hosted since 2012.

How can you get involved?

It is FREE to join our community. We ask you to register to get access to private areas of our site, like our calendar. Just fill out our registration form under “JOIN US” at the top.

When you register you will get:
  • access to our private calendar to view all events
  • the ability to RSVP for events
  • added to our NTKO Newsletter for special events and reminders

Our goals are based on the work of Richard Louv and the Children and Nature Network – to connect children to nature. We were also inspired by Outdoor Nation and the Natural Leaders Network.

Here are some of our past events (please pardon the missing pictures as we update our site!):

  1. Cedar Hill State Park – November 2012
  2. Dinosaur Valley State Park – November 2012
  3. Lake Mineral Wells State Park – December 2012
  4. Cedar Hill State Park – April 2013
  5. Lake Mineral Wells State Park – April 2013

What did the families think about our trips? Read their stories below: