I currently have two preschoolers. We have fun hiking together, and I believe that it is important to take them out and enjoy nature on a regular basis.
One of my preschoolers likes hiking and is always running up to see what lies around the next corner. My other preschooler drags his feet, holds my hand so that I have to pull him up the hills that we encounter and stops at every creek to toss a couple rocks in the water.
I rarely attempt hikes more than 2 miles with my kids - it's just too much. Anything less than a mile is a "walk" for us. Anything between 1 and 2 miles is a "hike."
When thinking about the Chicago suburbs, images of idyllic nature preserves do not immediately come to mind. As we have explored, we have discovered that that the Chicago suburbs are actually full of sites for magical hikes allowing families to marvel at the splendors of nature without going too far. Here are our favorite natural gems in the Chicago suburbs and be sure to check out more about each of our favorite places to find peace in nature here: http://www.alittletimeandakeyboard.com/2015/06/chicago-suburbs-hiking.html1. Crabtree Nature Center
Places and spaces for hiking with kids in the San Francisco Bay Area1. Rancho San Antonio County Park