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Tyke Hike is designed to provide engaging and fun outdoor experiences for children (ages 2-7).  

Research shows that being active outdoors is linked to healthy minds and bodies. 

In fact, even an extra hour outdoors improves physical and mental health in children!


We understand that in a fast-paced world full of devices and distractions it can be hard to ensure that your child spends enough time being active outdoors.

We're here to help!

Tyke Hike makes getting outdoors fun and easy!  

We help families, educators and partners plant the seeds for a lifetime of connection to the outdoors. 

Read more in our Frequently Asked Questions...

We make it easy.  All you have to do is show up.  

Our mission is to help parents and educators raise healthy children by increasing their quality time outdoors.

Anne Marie Hoffman

Founder & Lead Explorer

A native of Atlanta, Anne Marie grew up enjoying the outdoors with her parents and siblings.  With a B.A. in Biology and a M.S. in Conservation Biology, she has developed and taught nature-based curriculum in Georgia, Nicaragua, and the Virgin Islands.  

Anne Marie is enthusiastic about sharing her love of the outdoors with others!  She believes that it is important to spend time outdoors for physical and emotional health and to have fun!  She founded Tyke Hike to help children and families spend healthy, active time together outdoors.  


When Anne Marie isn’t leading Tyke Hikes, she enjoys volunteering for organizations that create green space and coaching sports.  She teaches or has taught PE at 10+ preschools and elementary schools all around the Atlanta area.  


Join Anne Marie on a Tyke Hike!

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Heather Rice

Programming Specialist &
Hike Leader

Heather has been passionate about bringing children and families out into the natural world for over 15 years. Her sense of adventure has led her to work in beautiful places. On the California coast, she served as the programming director for an outdoor education company, where she led school groups on hikes, team building challenges and ocean excursions. In the mountains of Colorado, she managed an adventure kid's camp and guided families on rock climbs and hikes. 


Here in Atlanta, Heather coordinates nature-based programming for families at a local non-profit, utilizing her BA in Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Issues and a MA in International Development and Social Change. She brings a creative hands-on approach to outdoor exploration that fosters a sense of inquisitiveness, self-confidence and joy. When Heather isn't out hiking, she loves cooking and enjoying healthy local food, going on new adventures, and bringing people together.

Join Heather on a Tyke Hike!

Bring your Little Explorer on a Tyke Hike Today!

Katharine Sharpstone Izzo

Marketing & Strategy Specialist

Katharine’s love for the outdoors began at a very young age while spending her summers at a remote lake in Ontario, Canada. This passion continued during her time at Princeton University where she trained to be an Outdoor Action Leader, responsible for leading a 5-day hiking and camping trip that incoming freshmen partake in before beginning their first semester. She also participated in an Outward Bound course learning white water rafting and kayaking techniques in Colorado and Utah. 


Katharine spent 4 years working in the sports and entertainment industry in New York City after graduating from Princeton. She moved to Atlanta in 2018 to attend Goizueta Business School concentrating in Marketing and Strategy and is a recent graduate of the MBA program! Katharine has greatly enjoyed the ample outdoor activities that Atlanta has to offer. 


Join Katharine on a Tyke Hike!

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Katie Campbell

Hike Leader

Katie comes to Tyke Hike with decades of experience as an educator working with all age groups -- newborns and infants, toddlers and preschool, teens, adults and seniors. She is an advanced swimming instructor, running coach with the Atlanta Track Club and former preschool PE teacher. She incorporates her love of mindful movement and activity into Tyke Hikes, keeping us all moving!


When Katie isn’t teaching or coaching, she is outside. Her love and enthusiasm for the outdoors is contagious. Fortunately she shares that love with our Tyke Hike kiddos and families – introducing them to cool aspects of each park we visit!


Join Katie on a Tyke Hike! 

Jack McKyton

Communications Intern

Our newest team member, Jack, comes to us from sunny St. Petersburg, FL with a love for everything outdoors. He has continued to grow this passion while studying at Emory University by going on hikes with friends and becoming a member of the Outdoors Club on campus. Jack is grateful for the outlet that the outdoors has given him, and he wants to create that opportunity for today’s tykes with Tyke Hike.

In his free time, Jack loves exploring the many outdoor attractions that the Atlanta area has to offer. Some of his favorite attractions include the Atlanta BeltLine and Arabia Mountain. When he’s not outdoors, he enjoys traveling, staying active and hanging out with friends.

Join Jack on a Tyke Hike!

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