Jaunt Amongst the Giants

How often can you say you took the kids on a quest in the middle of the woods? There is such a thing, in one of the Bay Area’s most beautiful outdoor destinations: Muir Woods, where the redwoods loom with a centuries-old life of their own. Developed with a grant from Save the Redwoods League, the self-guided 8-page quest is written in delightful rhymes your whole adventuring tribe will enjoy reading aloud as you wander around finding clues about forest critters and the secrets of the trees.

Along the way, you’ll learn about the forest around you—its history, plant life, animal life, and character. The infants can stay in their strollers, as the boardwalked path is a cinch to navigate on wheels. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy the chance to play in tree caves and hunt for insects. And parents will enjoy being outdoors surrounded by so much green. With each step, you’ll find hidden letters to the treasure box clue, rewarding you with a prize for your hour-long efforts.

Download the quest for free on the Muir Woods page of the National Park Service website or request one at the Muir Woods Visitor’s Center. Older kids 6 to 12 years old may enjoy the junior ranger activity booklet instead, with two hours of activities that teach them to be stewards of the park.

—Renee Rutledge