If you're a regular Inhabitots reader, you are likely are a nature lover at heart. But perhaps you're waiting until your own tots are a little older before you venture out on more ambitious hiking and camping trips or other outdoor adventures. A new documentary series by two female filmmakers that was recently funded by Kickstarter will encourage you to speed up that timeline as well as convince you to take your parenting al fresco as a more frequent occurrence. Wild Child is the first episode in the Born Wild film series, and it will follow millennial moms as they make nature a huge influence on their parenting styles and an early educator for their children. But the project is more than just a film series: the nature-obsessed creators are aiming to facilitate an online community for parents who love getting outdoors with their kids (as well as those who are still on the fence but dreaming of heading into the great wide open with tots in tow).
Aly Nicklas and Ali Geiser, the driving forces behind Born Wild, both grew up with deep ties to nature and have been dismayed at how the free-spirited childhood they both experienced has essentially disappeared, replaced by growing obesity rates, a disconnect with nature, and a pitiful amount of time spent outdoors by children on average each day. Their mission to empower families to raise the next generation that’s connected to wilderness and wildness grew from their own upbringings spent largely in the great outdoors and fueled them to create the films and the community as a way to inspire and to educate.
The moms that will be featured in Wild Child, the first episode of the Born Wild film series, have bucked society’s trends and are bringing up their babies in the woods, canyons, and mountains that they love. These three women, all with young children of their own, have integrated nature into their life since an early age. Becoming mothers allowed them to pass on their deep love of the wilderness. Along with getting insight from experts in health and natural learning, Wild Child will follow the mothers at their homes in Utah, Arizona, and California as they incorporate night hikes, rock climbing, and other adventures into their busy daily lifestyles. Future installments of the series include a closer look at three generations of one family living among nature in Wyoming backcountry and exploring a Native Alaskan family’s subsistence lifestyle.
Motherhood is often described as an adventure, and we’re excited to see how these moms and the filmmakers inspire us to up the ante and venture out of our comfort zones for the sake of our kids and ourselves.