Hike it Baby was started in 2013 when new mom, Shanti Hodges, saw a need to get families outdoors with babies and young children. With the help of a growing group of volunteer hosts and ambassadors, the organization quickly grew from a small, local group of families to a large, nationwide community. In 2016, Hike it Baby became a nonprofit. With 344+ groups, ~240,000 families and 25,000+ hikes annually, they've created a platform to gather and grow communities. The goal is to connect families with nature - and with each other - by providing an organized community for them to meet and help facilitate their journeys into nature. They do this through a calendar of hikes, local Facebook groups and creating challenges to encourage participation. Hike it Baby strives to create a community where all families can enjoy the outdoors in a safe and supported way.