Count Up to Earth Day: Tip 9 (a Contest too!) Take the Kids Camping

April 16th, 2012

This post is part of a series counting up to Earth Day on April 22. Check back for the rest of the 22 tips!

There’s perhaps no better way to raise nature lovers than to take your kids camping. And freelance writer and mother of three Helen Olsson has written a wonderful guide to help you: The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature.

Just in time for Earth Day, The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids delivers all the information you’ll need to plan a successful camping trip with kids, including recipes and activity ideas.

And not only that, the book is so adorably illustrated you may even want to leave it sitting on your coffee table! The illustrator, Scotty Reifsnyder, couldn’t have dreamed up more charming art if he tried.

And just so you know, the book actually has sweet rounded corners, which I happen to adore, and is printed on 30 percent post-consumer recycled acid-free paper.

While the book will be most beneficial to parents, even camping-shy adults without kids stand to learn a lot from Helen’s camping guide. After all, who wouldn’t want to know how to make delicious blueberry pancakes during a camping trip? And packing checklists for camping – always handy! Plus, you don’t have to worry about reading a dry, guide-type book. The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kidsis an entertaining, at at times humorous, read. Plus, each new chapter starts with a fun quote from a camping book, poem or song.

To enter to win The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids, simply leave a comment on this post before you turn in for the night on April 27, which happens to be Arbor Day.

The contest is open to everyone, even those who reside outside of the U.S. One winner will be chosen randomly to receive a free copy of the book courtesy of the publisher, Shambhala Publications/Roost Books.

Tips: Please check your spam filter after April 27. If you win and don’t respond to my request for a mailing address within five days, I’ll pick another winner. And, if you don’t win, visit the author’s website for a coupon code.

Disclosure: I received a courtesy copy of this book from the publisher. See my disclosures policy.