17 episodes

The Run Wild My Child podcast is where we discuss the importance of getting kids outside and help busy parents like you, get your kids off screens and out the door! Hosted by Sara McCarty, mom of 3 and founder of Run Wild My Child, a resource website all why kids need to spend time outside and filled with easy ways to make outdoor time fun and enjoyable for everyone, even if you’re not outdoorsy.

Run Wild My Child Podcast Sara McCarty - Run Wild My Child

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 22 Ratings

The Run Wild My Child podcast is where we discuss the importance of getting kids outside and help busy parents like you, get your kids off screens and out the door! Hosted by Sara McCarty, mom of 3 and founder of Run Wild My Child, a resource website all why kids need to spend time outside and filled with easy ways to make outdoor time fun and enjoyable for everyone, even if you’re not outdoorsy.

    Episode 16: Learning about Local Nature & Conservation with Lissy Perna

    Episode 16: Learning about Local Nature & Conservation with Lissy Perna

    Lissy Perna is the go-to resource for all kid-friendly things to do outside on Cape Cod. Any given day, you can usually find info in her Instagram feed and stories about nature discoveries on the beach, in the woods, or on the trails. She loves identifying plants, fungi, insects, and animals, as well as finding sea glass and learning about the history of her area. She's also passionate about local conservation efforts and how we can all make a difference through our actions. We talk to Lissy about how to become more informed about the nature and wildlife in your local area and why sharing the message about conservation efforts is so important. 

    RWMC website: www.runwildmychild.com
    RWMC Instagram: @runwild.mychild
    Lissy's Instagram: @getoutsidecapecod
    Lissy's website: www.getoutsidecapecod.com

    Get Out Guide: Cape Cod
    Whale Watching with Kids

    Recommendations:
    A Photographic Guide to Seashore Life in the North Atlantic: Canada to Cape Cod by J. Duane Sept

    • 34 min
    Episode 15: Mountaineering & Backpacking with RyAnn Peverly

    Episode 15: Mountaineering & Backpacking with RyAnn Peverly

    RyAnn Peverley is a Washington mom of four kids between the ages of 6 and 21. RyAnn works as a youth program instructor for Mountaineers.org,  as well as an outdoor adventure guide for a local army base where she leads army families on outdoor adventures. RyAnn chats with us about raising children and teenagers who love the outdoors, mountaineering, climbing, how to get started backpacking, and more!

    RWMC website: www.runwildmychild.com
    RWMC Instagram: @runwild.mychild
    RyAnn's Instagram: @mountain_mama4
    RyAnn's blog: www.mountainmama4.com

    A Mom's Guide to Backpacking with Kids
    Kid-Friendly Hiking Snacks

    Recommendations:
    Alastair Humphreys' Great Adventurers 2,000 Miles Together: The Story of the Largest Family to Hike the Appalachian Trail by Ben Crawford

    • 34 min
    Episode 14: Outdoor Schools & Gear with Alyssa Marsh of Outdoor School Shop

    Episode 14: Outdoor Schools & Gear with Alyssa Marsh of Outdoor School Shop

    Co-founder of Outdoor School Shop and Minnesota mom of 2, Alyssa Marsh joins us to chat about outdoor schools and outdoor kids gear. We discuss the various types of outdoor education (farm schools, forest schools, nature preschools, etc.), what they teach, how to find an outdoor school near you, and what kids need (gear-wise) to spend so much time outside. Outdoor School Shop is the premier online destination for education materials and gear for outdoor schools, featuring brands like Reima, Bogs, Smartwool, Muddy Puddles, and Polarn O. Pyret. ODSS is also the flagship sponsor for our first annual nationwide Run Wild My Child Treasure Hunt, coming to a city near you on April 2nd. Listen to the episode for more details!

    Register for the Treasure Hunt: www.runwildmychild.com/treasurehunt

    RWMC website: www.runwildmychild.com
    RWMC Instagram: @runwild.mychild

    Outdoor School Shop website: www.outdoorschoolshop.com
    Outdoor School Shop Instagram: @outdoorschoolshop

    Introduction to outdoor schools
    Outdoor School Directory

    • 40 min
    Episode 13: Family Homesteading with Leslie Alvis

    Episode 13: Family Homesteading with Leslie Alvis

    Leslie Alvis is an Ohio homeschooling and homesteading mom of four. Her family recently purchased property in the country and they are beginning the process of building a homestead from the ground up, doing most of the work themselves, along with their children. They're not only building their home with lumber milled from their own property, but raising animals, growing a garden, battling poison ivy, and teaching their children the importance of hard work, family time, and outdoor play. Leslie's also a photographer and freelance writer. She's written numerous posts for the RWMC website (listed below) on animals, outdoor activities, and life on a farm.

    RWMC website: www.runwildmychild.com
    RWMC Instagram: @runwild.mychild
    Leslie's Instagram: @c_l_allofus
    Leslie's RWMC posts: 
    Wilderness Skills for TeensAnimal SafetyRaising Chickens with KidsOwling with KidsHomemade Apple ButterDealing with Poison Ivy, Mosquitoes & TicksCreating Nature Fairy GardensEco-Friendly Bird FeedersGetting Kids Outside During the School YearPond Nature StudyMaple Syrup with KidsCattle Farm Chores

    • 40 min
    Episode 12: Overcoming Grief with Nature with Somer Pickel

    Episode 12: Overcoming Grief with Nature with Somer Pickel

    Somer Pickel is a RN and Tennessee mom of two girls. Her first daughter Avie was born with severe congenital heart defects and spent the majority of her 18 months of life in an ICU. Nature has been a huge part of the grieving and healing process for her and her husband. They found solace in the outdoors by backpacking a stretch of the Appalachian Trail. Their second daughter Lyra has become quite the adventure buddy and together, Somer and Lyra have hiked over 2000 miles. Somer chats with us about her motherhood journey, the importance of mental health, the joy of raising toddlers, and the healing power of nature.

    RWMC website: www.runwildmychild.com
    RWMC Instagram: @runwild.mychild
    Somer's Instagram: @somerpickel
    Recommended reading: How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson

    Somer's RWMC post: Discovering the Wonders of Salamanders with Kids

    • 50 min
    Episode 11: Outdoor Adventures with Teens & Tweens with Jen Barnes

    Episode 11: Outdoor Adventures with Teens & Tweens with Jen Barnes

    We're chatting with Jen Barnes, South Carolina mom of 3 teenagers. Jen specializes in helping parents plan and book adventure travel trips with their teens and tweens. She knows firsthand the importance of giving teenagers the space to take risks, learn important skills and discover themselves through outdoor adventure and travel. Jen gives parents of teens helpful tips on how to choose and implement the perfect vacation for everyone in your family.

    RWMC website: www.runwildmychild.com
    RWMC Instagram: @runwild.mychild
    Jen's Instagram: @gofamilyadventure
    Jen's Website: www.thegofamilyadventure.com
    Recommended reading: How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

    Jen's RWMC post: Teaching Map Reading Skills to Kids

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Fostering Joy ,

Thank you for this breath of fresh air!

I felt like society wanted me to choose between being adventurous or a mom. This podcast is a breath of fresh air and reinforce what I knew what was best for us all along. I am subscribed and anxious to hear more!

TaraRR123 ,

So helpful!

This podcast has great tips and tricks for getting children outdoors! I’m so thankful for this podcast.

coleyraeh ,

Love love love this podcast!!

I’ve been so excited to hear this - I listened to all of them last night! What a refreshing, honest, and inspiring podcast about parenting and getting kids outside. Thank you for making this!

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