Hike it Baby recently had the pleasure of hosting a Bring it Outside event in Elizabeth New Jersey, in partnership with the Elizabeth Urban Wildlife Partnership, Groundwork Elizabeth, Union County Parks, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, and Friends of Great Swamp.
Our “Mother’s Day at the Park” event gave families the opportunity to spend a morning outdoors and enjoy free food, drinks, outdoor gear, bilingual resources and prizes. Thanks to the help of all of these local partners, we were thrilled to welcome special guests from Josephine’s Place by providing transportation to and from the park for these women and their families. Josephine’s Place is a safe, welcoming space based in Elizabeth, where underserved women have access to programs that enable them to grow in confidence, develop competencies and life skills, realize their potential, and uplift their families, communities, and future generations.
Although Mother Nature gave us us some challenging weather conditions with a very rainy day, families still had the opportunity to get out into nature, and walk away with some awesome gear to help them get outdoors! Guest speakers included Anna Harris, Deputy Refuge Manager at the Lenape National Wildlife Refuge; Lucy Crespo, the Youth Leader from Groundwork Elizabeth as well their Executive Director Johnathan Phillips; Jessica Carrillo Alatorre, Hike it Baby’s Executive Director and special guest New Jersey Senator Joe Cryan. These speakers shared stories, the importance of getting outside and spoke to the shared goal of supporting the community.
We also had plenty of activities for families to enjoy! Groundwork grew plants on their micro farm so kids could decorate flower pots, plant flowers and give these to their moms for Mother’s Day. There was a pop up campsite furnished by Teton Sports, complete with pretend smores, for kids to play in. We also set up an infant carrier station, so parents could try on wraps, frame carriers, and soft structured carriers for their little ones. There was a Wander Walk set up for families to walk through and try out the activities on the signs when the rain let up as well.
To celebrate these special moms, everyone who attended the event received backpacks from Teton Sports, water bottles from FiftyFifty, bug repellent from Sawyer, as well as Hike it Baby resources, activities and stickers. We know how overwhelming it can seem to get outdoors with the whole family, and we understand that outdoor gear and resources can go a long way in making the first few steps outdoors attainable.
Lucky giveaway winners received Sunday Afternoons hats, Turtle Fur beanies, Oaki rain suits, a Burley Honey Bee, Joovy stroller, Onya baby carriers, and Solly baby wraps. We also want to extend a very special thank you to Athletic Brewing Co, Hike it Baby’s title sponsor for the event, who generously donated non-alcoholic beverages for families to enjoy.
We are so grateful for all of our amazing partners and sponsors who helped make this event a reality! It was a Mother’s Day to remember, and we were so honored to spend it with the families in Elizabeth New Jersey this year!