For the past 2 years, I have enjoyed meeting other outdoors-y families through a fun local group called Hike It Baby Des Moines! Hike it Baby is a national organization with local chapters, organizing people together for volunteer led hikes. The name is a little misleading – kids of all ages are welcome on the hikes and it definitely isn’t just babies in strollers or carriers. I was so anxious with my first-born, nervous about where to park and what happens if he starts crying. Hike It Baby helps ease all of that; everyone helps one another and all the details are laid out ahead of time.