Let Them Be Eaten By Bears
A Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids Into the Great Outdoors
By Peter Brown Hoffmeister
(Perigee Trade, Paperback, 9780399161087, 256pp.)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
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Get ready to go out and play
Based on the author’s acclaimed Integrated Outdoor Program, Let Them Be Eaten by Bears is Peter Hoffmeister’s inspiring guide to helping kids enjoy nature and appreciate the great outdoors. Drawing from his personal and professional background as an educator, guide, writer, and father, and focusing on fun rather than fear, Hoffmeister offers an approachable, fun reintroduction to hiking, camping, and all-around exploring that will help parents and kids alike feel empowered and capable.
Whether you’re a veteran outdoorsperson, a first-time hiker, or anything in between, get ready to put on your sneakers, turn off your video games, and rediscover the simple, powerful joy of going out to play.
Peter Brown Hoffmeister is the cofounder and director of South Eugene High School’s Integrated Outdoor Program, a thematic and comprehensive literature and outdoor pursuits program for special ed, regular track, and TAG students. He is a veteran rafting, climbing, and orienteering guide and a writer for the Huffington Post, Climbing, Rock and Ice, and Gripped, among others.
“In an age when the pressures are all against kids spending time outdoors, it takes a determined and resourceful writer to go against this tide. Peter Brown Hoffmeister is one such writer and this book deserves to be read very widely.”
—Tristan Gooley, author of The Natural Navigator
"In an age where humans desperately need to get out in nature again, Hoffmeister's practical guidance is a bridge to get us over the gap of our fears and not-knowing. They say 'the knowing is in the doing' - Hoffmeister clearly has the knowing, and his sharing of it will help you into your own doing."
—Evan McGown, co-author of Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature
"This book is a how-to, a call to action and a lot of fun...Hoffmeister will make you a believer."
—The Register Guard