Harley McAllister

Harley McAllister

Biography: As a family the McAllisters began to realize the value of the national heritage we all have in our National Parks when they lived overseas in the Dominican Republic for four years. Although Dominican Republic has its own national parks, too, they are under-protected and expensive to visit, usually requiring a human guide to lead you. And other than these few parks, there really is no public land. Realizing how much they had taken their own public lands for granted, Harley and Abby McAllister determined upon returning home to help their kids experience these lands more fully. They wanted their four boys to understand the value of our parks, to come to love and connect with them, so that they would also learn to protect the parks in the future. As they researched their park trips, they found a distinct lack of resources that were kid focused. Since they home school their boys and therefore spend a lot of time with them, Harley and Abby felt uniquely equipped to fill in this resource gap—and help other families by providing kid-focused guides that made it easy to plan visits to national parks. A trained educator and a strategic planner, Abby is the primary homeschool teacher for their children. Hers is a unique vision for trip and travel planning that is tailored to kids and their enjoyment. She loves the outdoors and travel and the joys of researching their books with the boys. She squeezes guidebook writing in wherever and whenever she can. Harley works as a project manager but is most alive when he is outdoors, especially with his wife and boys. He has lived in seven different states and on three different coasts including four years with his family in the Dominican Republic teaching at a nonprofit school. He has rafted, skied, snorkeled, backpacked, mountain biked, and camped in diverse locations in both North and South America. His goal is to to inspire others to get outside more often, and have fun doing it. • Hometown: Spokane, WA • Website/Blogs: www.our4outdoors.com www.nationalparkswithkids.com • Published books: See info, above. • Of special note: The McAllister boys are Kaden (15), Tavin (13), Logan (11), and Isaac (4). They are active and busy and getting them outside often is the only way to maintain sanity in the home! Homeschooling them allows their family to be flexible with their schedule so that they can travel to parks for extended periods of time and really engage in their natural surroundings. In addition to exploring nature, the boys love soccer, football, theater, legos, and Playdoh.

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